, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 47–65 | Cite as

The flesh of all that is: Merleau-Ponty, Irigaray, and Julian’s ‘showings’

  • Diane AntonioEmail author


Julian of Norwich (b. 1342) anticipated the ontological and epistemological work on sexed embodiment pioneered in the work of Merleau-Ponty and Irigaray in the 20th century. Her epistemology of sensual ‘showings’ helped reconfigure women’s embodiment and speech acts (‘bodytalk’): by recognizing cognitive emotions and the knowledge-producing body; and by envisioning the intertwining of human flesh with All That Is. The paper next examines Merleau-Ponty’s somatic discourse on the chiasmic flesh, which leads to a discussion of Irigaray’s work on poetic mimesis.


Working Note Body Subject Christian Philosophy Human Flesh Projective Intentionality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State University of New York, (SUNY)PurchaseUSA

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