ISBN-10: 0823229629

ISBN-13: 9780823229628

Edition: 3rd 2008

Authors: Jean-Luc Nancy, Richard A. Rand

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How have we thought "the body"? How can we think it anew? The body of mortal creatures, the body politic, the body of letters and of laws, the "mystical body of Christ"-all these (and others) are incorporated in the word Corpus, the title and topic of Jean-Luc Nancy's masterwork. Corpus is a work of literary force at once phenomenogical, sociological, theological and philosophical in its multiple orientations and approaches. In his thirty-six brief chapters, Nancy offers us at once an encyclopedia and a polemical program--reviewing classical takes on the "corpus", from Plato and Saint Paul, to Descartes, Hegel, Husserl, and Freud, while demonstrating that the mutations (technological, biological, and political) of our own culture have given rise to the need for a new understanding of the body. not only tells the story of this cultural change, but also explores the promise and responsibilities that such a new understanding entails.Following up on the title essay are five closely related and recent pieces-including a commentary by Antonia Birnbaum-- dedicated in large part to the legacy of the "mind-body problem" formulated by Descartes, and the challenge it poses to re-thinking the ancient problems of the Corpus. Taken as a whole, the book serves as the opening move in Nancy's larger project called "The deconstruction of Christianity".
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List price: $28.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Translator's Note
On the Soul
The Extension of the Soul
Antonia Birnbaum: To Exist Is to Exit the Point
Fifty-eight Indices on the Body
The Intruder
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