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Author Ram-Prasad, Chakravarthi, author
Title Human being, bodily being : phenomenology from classical India / Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad
Imprint Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018
book jacket
 Chinese Lit.&Phi. Lib.  143.67 R165    AVAILABLE    30580003488371
Edition First edition
Descript viii, 204 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-197) and index
"Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad offers illuminating new perspectives on contemporary phenomenological theories of body and subjectivity, based on studies of classical Indian texts that deal with bodily subjectivity. Examining four texts from different genres - a medical handbook, epic dialogue, a manual of Buddhist practice, and erotic poetry - he argues for a 'phenomenological ecology' of bodily subjectivity in health, gender, contemplation, and lovemaking. An ecology is a continuous and dynamic system of interrelationships between elements, in which the salience accorded to some type of relationship clarifies how the elements it relates are to be identified. The paradigm of ecological phenomenology obviates the need to choose between apparently incompatible perspectives of the human. The delineation of body is arrived at by working back phenomenologically from the world of experience, with the acknowledgement that the point of arrival - a conception of what counts as bodiliness - is dependent upon the exact motivation for attending to experience, the areas of experience attended to, and the expressive tools available to the phenomenologist. Ecological phenomenology is pluralistic, yet integrates the ways experience is attended to and studied, permitting apparently inconsistent intuitions about bodiliness to be explored in novel ways. Rather than seeing particular framings of our experience as in tension with each other, we should see each such framing as playing its own role according to the local descriptive and analytic concern of a text."-- Provided by Publisher's website
Machine generated contents note: Bare Outline of Chapters -- Preliminary Considerations about Comparison -- Body: Western Philosophy and the Cartesian Shock -- Body and the Intuition of Dualism: Cross-cultural Negotiations after Descartes and Phenomenology -- Engaging with Merleau-Ponty -- ̀Bodiliness' -- Phenomenology in Minor Key -- Ecological Phenomenology: Engagement with Contemporary Issues -- Ecological Phenomenology Hi General Features -- 1. Body in Illness and Health: The Caraka Samhita -- Situating the Text: Medicine, Body, History -- Human Agency as the Frame for Medicine -- Subject as the Complex of Natural Elements -- Bodily Subject and the Transcendental Self -- Diagnosis: Phenomenology in-between Physician and Patient -- Well Body: The Subject and Virtuous Life -- Body in a Medical Version of Ecological Phenomenology -- 2. Gendered Body: The Dialogue of Sulabha and Janaka, Mahdbhdrata, Sdntiparvan chapter 308 -- Narrative on Gendered Phenomenology -- Story and Its Possibilities -- Reading the Text through Sulabha -- Body as the Frame of Dialogue -- Mode of Conversation -- King's Speech: Being a Man, Being a Woman, in a Man's World -- Sulabha on Rational Normativity: Ungendered Equality? -- Sulabha on the Ontogenetic Body: Sex-Properties between Biology and Construction -- Claim for an Ungendered Neutrality: Janakas Paradigm of the Metaphysical Self -- Torments of the King, or the Immanence of Masculinist Power -- Freedom: A Woman's Agency, a Particular Human Path -- Concluding Puzzle -- 3. Body in Contemplation: Buddhaghosa's Visuddhimagga -- Contemplative Practice and Ecological Phenomenology -- Bodily Human Being: The Phenomenological Emergence of the Self in Question -- Visuddhimagga -- Brief Introduction to Concentration Practice and Its Purpose -- Contemplating the Corpse: The Ecology of the Meditative Object -- Attentiveness to the Living Body: Between Revulsion and Concentration -- Fungibility of Bodily Categories: The Lesson from Breathing -- Re/constituting Bodiliness I: Understanding as Practice -- Re/constituting Bodiliness II: Formation {ritpa) -- Re/constituting Bodiliness III: Cognition (vinnana) and Other Aggregates -- Ecological Phenomenology in Contemplative Practice -- 4. Body in Love: Nala and Damayanti's Love/Making in Sri Harsa's Naisadhacarita -- Bodiliness and the Erotic -- Naisadhacarita -- Some Remarks on the Narrative Context of Love and Lovemaking -- To Begin With: Lover Unmet, Love Reciprocated -- Ecology of Erotic Phenomenology: General Considerations -- Social Order in a Capacious Ecology -- ̀World' of the Lovers -- Touch, Vision, and the Other Senses: The Erotic as Multimodal -- Lovemaking as Questioning Oneself -- Percolating Subjectivity: Modesty and Other Bodily States -- Contingency of the Heterosexuate -- Sense of What Body Is: On Boundaries and Their Limits -- Conclusion -- Lessons from the Chapters -- Coda: Thinking Cross-culturally
Link Electronic version: Ram-Prasad, Chakravarthi. Human Being, Bodily Being. First edition. Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018 9780192556721 (OCoLC)1045426630
Subject Human body (Philosophy)
Human body in literature
Indian literature -- History and criticism
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