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The Intercorporeal Self


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Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Introduction 1. Situation and the Embodied Mind I. Mind, Self, World Representation Behavior Situated Cognition II. Perception Sensation Spatiality III. Situated Subjectivity 2. Making Space I. Subjectivity, Sensation, and Depth Affordance Depth Spectral Depth Spatial 'Levels' Time, Space, and Sensation The Depth of the Past II. Learning 3. Subjectivity and the 'Style' of the World I. The 'Subject' and the 'World' of Situated Cognition Sensorimotor Laws Sensorimotor Subjectivity Ecological Laws Ecological Subjectivity II. Perception and Subjectivity beyond Metaphysics 4. Auto-affection and Alterity I. Presence The 'Privilege' of the Present Auto-affection II. The Deconstruction of Presence Derrida's Appraisal of Husserl's Phenomenology Derrida on the Lived Body ('Leib'; 'le corps propre') Derrida's Deconstruction of 'Intercorporeity' III. Auto-hetero-affection in Merleau-Ponty Intercorporeity and Intersubjectivity Body Schema Auto-hetero-affection as the Advent of the Intercorporeal Body 5. Ipseity and Language I. Language and Gesture The Tacit Cogito Perceptual Meaning and Natural Expression The Paradox of Expression Institution II. Diacritical Intercorporeity III. Expression and Subjectivity Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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Scott L. Marratto is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Michigan Technological University and the coauthor (with Lawrence E. Schmidt) of The End of Ethics in a Technological Society.


"...[an] excellent book ... The Intercorporeal Self is a technically sophisticated and enriching work that engages with many interpretive strands and approaches in Merleau-Ponty scholarship, clarifying what is distinct and powerful about Merleau-Ponty's philosophy of subjectivity ... [it] is a substantial contribution to Merleau-Ponty scholarship, and should inspire future research on Merleau-Ponty's rich corpus, as well as into the nature of sensibility and subjectivity themselves." - Symposium "...a bold and brave attempt to provide a unified interpretation of the central themes of Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology, and as such it deserves to be welcomed and studied carefully by all those who value Merleau-Ponty's writings." - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "The Intercorporeal Self amounts to a kind of dialectic between Merleau-Ponty's thought and naturalism as it functions within contemporary analytic thought and deconstruction as it appears in Derrida's thought. Marratto constructs argumentation that shows that Merleau-Ponty's thought cannot be reduced to naturalism and that it does not fall prey to the deconstructive critique. Consequently, Marratto, better than anyone else, shows the contribution that Merleau-Ponty makes to contemporary philosophy. This is an important book. I would even venture to say that it is a genuine work of philosophy." - Leonard Lawlor, Sparks Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University "Marratto brings Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology into a mutually transformative dialogue with the latest trends in the embodied sciences of the mind. His book puts side by side notions of intercorporeality, habit, style, and auto-affection with Gestalt, ecological, sensorimotor, and enactive perspectives on perception and subjectivity. Marratto weaves together the threads of conceptual traditions that saw themselves as incompatible not so long ago. A significant contribution to current efforts toward reconceptualizing the lived body as the matrix of significance and expressive being-in-the-world, and subjectivity as self-affecting, self-initiated movement and intercorporeal attunement to the demands of other bodies." - Ezequiel A. Di Paolo, coeditor of Enaction: Toward a New Paradigm for Cognitive Science

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