The Problem of Embodiment

Some Contributions to a Phenomenology of the Body

  • Authors
  • Richard M. Zaner

Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Marcel’s Theory of the Body as Mystery

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard M. Zaner
      Pages 3-20
    3. Richard M. Zaner
      Pages 21-43
    4. Richard M. Zaner
      Pages 44-56
  3. Sartre’s Ontology of the Body

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Richard M. Zaner
      Pages 59-80
    3. Richard M. Zaner
      Pages 81-105
    4. Richard M. Zaner
      Pages 106-125
  4. Merleau-Ponty’s Theory of the Body-Proper

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Richard M. Zaner
      Pages 129-148
    3. Richard M. Zaner
      Pages 149-197
    4. Richard M. Zaner
      Pages 198-238
  5. Epilogue

    1. Richard M. Zaner
      Pages 239-261
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 262-294

About this book


Early in the first volume of his Ideen zu einer reinen Phiinomeno­ logie und phiinomenologischen Philosophie, Edmund Husserl stated concisely the significance and scope of the problem with which this present study is concerned. When we reflect on how it is that consciousness, which is itself absolute in relation to the world, can yet take on the character of transcendence, how it can become mundanized, We see straightaway that it can do that only by means of a certain participation in transcendence in the first, originary sense, which is manifestly the transcendence of material Nature. Only by means of the experiential relation to the animate organism does consciousness become really human and animal (tierischen), and only thereby does it achieve a place in the space and in the time of Nature. l Consciousness can become "worldly" only by being embodied within the world as part of it. In so far as the world is material Nature, consciousness must partake of the transcendence of material Nature. That is to say, its transcendence is manifestly an embodiment in a material, corporeal body. Consciousness, thus, takes on the characteristic of being "here and now" (ecceity) by means of experiential (or, more accurately, its intentive) relation to that corporeal being which embodies it. Accordingly, that there is a world for consciousness is a conse­ quence in the first instance of its embodiment by 2 that corporeal body which is for it its own animate organism.


Edmund Husserl Jean-Paul Sartre Maurice Merleau-Ponty body phenomenology

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1971
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3016-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-3014-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0079-1350
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