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TitleIncarnation : a philosophy of flesh / Michel Henry ; translated from the French by Karl Hefty
ImprintEvanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, [2015]
Descript xx, 268 pages ; 23 cm


Introduction : the question of incarnation -- The reversal of phenomenology -- Object of phenomenology : the question of "appearance" -- The initial indeterminacy of the phenomenological presuppositions of phenomenology. The "principles of phenomenology" -- The prejudice hidden in the presuppositions of phenomenology. The ruinous reduction of all "appearance" to the world's appearing -- The crisis of phenomenality in Heidegger. The ontological destitution of the world's appearing -- The criterion of language. The breakthrough and limits of the phenomenological interpretation of language -- The paradox of the "world" as a power to derealize -- The now crucial question of the impression, understood as founding reality. The problem of its phenomenological status. Intentionality and impression -- The impression coming outside itself in the temporal flow and its destruction -- The origin of the "orginary impression". The inevitable reference of the phenomenology of the impression to the phenomenology of life -- The originary passivity of the impression, and its "passion" in life's transcendental affectivity. The living present -- The question of originary appearing and Descartes's Cogito. Three fundamental questions it involves -- Husserl's misinterpretation of Descartes's Cogito and its consequences : denigrating singular life and replacing it with life's "essence" in the phenomenological method's thematic turn -- Analysis of the thematic turn. The aporia of the phenomenological method -- A final attempt to overcome the aporia. The question of invisible life "given in imagination" -- The originary self-revelation of life as the foundation of the phenomenological method. Response to the general philosophical problem concerning the possibility of thinking life -- A phenomenology of flesh -- Appearing and content of the world : the question of the "sensible world" -- the radical critique of the sensible world. The impact and limits of Galileo's Reduction -- Descartes's Counter-reduction -- Husserl's critique of Galileo's Reduction in the Krisis -- Return to the analysis of the worldly, sensible body. The reference of the sensed body to the transcendental body that senses it. The ambivalence of the concept "sensible" -- The attempt to overcome the opposition between the sensing body and the sensed body : the issue facing the later Merleau-Ponty and the absolutization of the sensible -- Splitting the transcendental body. Finding in life the essence of originary, immanent corporeity -- The generation of flesh in absolute life. The originary phenomenological characteristics of flesh that arise from this generation -- From the Hellenic conception of the body to the phenomenology of flesh. The fundamental problems of Irenaeus and Tertullian -- The radical interpretation of flesh as the phenomenological material of life and as its self-revelation. Ireneaus's Christian Cogito -- Analytic of the "I can." The power-to-move as condition of the power-to-touch, and of every power attributed to the body. Condillac and Maine de Biran -- Flesh : immemorial memory of the world -- Flesh : site of givenness of an unknown body, given before sensation and before world. Structuration and properties of the "organic body" -- The original possibility of action as a carnal drive of the organic body. The invisible practical reality of the world's content. Constitution and status of one's own objective body -- The theory of the constitution of one's own body in Chapter three of Ideen II. The threefold concealment of the transcendental possibility of the "I can," of the existence of the organic body, and of the localization of our impressions upon it -- Return to the chiasma. What "being-touched" means. Phenomenology of skin as achievement of the theory of the constitution of one's own body -- A return to Condillac's thesis. The statue's auto-eroticism : flesh as the site of perdition. The necessary transition from a phenomenology of flesh to a phenomenology of incarnation

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