Flesh and Body: On the Phenomenology of Husserl

Author(s): Joseph Rivera


Flesh and Body, originally released in French in 1981, is a pioneering study that provides both a close reading of Husserl's phenomenology of relationship between flesh and body as well as Didier Franck's own highly original account of flesh. Husserl's work on the body influenced many phenomenologists, including Merleau-Ponty, Ricoeur, Henry, and Levinas, to name just a few. But his work was often misunderstood. Franck thus guides the reader carefully through Husserl's multi-layered and complex observations about the notions of on the flesh and the body. Franck shows that the flesh is never entirely one's own, instead it is always situated in relation to a prior alterity, principally the other ego. This book is thus a vital contribution to current debates over the themes of embodiment, temporality and intersubjectivity.


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A phenomenological approach to questions of the body, ego, temporality and intersubjective relations with the 'other' by a leading French thinker and Husserl scholar.

Didier Franck is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris X-Nanterre, France. Joseph Rivera is a Lecturer in Systematic Theology at the Mater Dei Institute of Education, a College of Dublin City University, Ireland. He is the author of several articles on phenomenology and theology. Scott Davidson is Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Oklahoma City University, USA. He is the translator of Michel Henry's works: Material Phenomenology (2008) and Seeing the Invisible (Continuum, 2009).

Translator's Introduction, Joseph Rivera Introduction 1. Self-Givenness and Incarnate Givenness 2. Science as Egology 3. Flesh and Body in Perception 4. Constitutive Analysis 5. Eidetic Reduction and Archi-facticity 6. Phenomenological Idealism 7. The Objection of Solipsism 8. Flesh and Ownness 9. Flesh, Ego, Psyche 10. The Alteration of Ownness 11. The Incarnation of Another Body 12. Pairing and Resemblance 13. Here and There 14. The Dynamic of the Apperceptive Transfer 15. Caress and Impact 16. The Problem of Time 17. Flesh and Time Notes Index

General Fields

  • : 9781441175236
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : May 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Joseph Rivera
  • : Paperback
  • : 224