At the edges of my body

Edward S. Casey

in The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Phenomenology

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199594900
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

At the edges of my body

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This chapter concentrates on the edges of the lived body, which act to mediate between the outermost and innermost edges. The prospects for construing bodily edges are explored. Bodily edges realise the paradigm of definitive but incomplete self-knowledge in a very particular way: namely, that such edges are parts of parts. The internal and external edges of bodily parts are not only glimpsed in the course of ongoing experience but also offer a grip for hands. Inside/outside is an especially significant binary edge structure, and is altogether central to edges that inhere in bodies. Bodily edges act as the mediatrix between the edges of the perceived earth (the farthest horizons) and those of the inner psyche (most interior parts), and also provide the conjunctures for many things in experienced life-worlds.

Keywords: bodily edges; lived body; bodily parts; binary edge; earth; inner psyche

Article.  10794 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Epistemology

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