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The Fate of PlaceA Philosophical History$
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Edward S. Casey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276031

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276031.001.0001

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By Way of Body

By Way of Body

Kant, Whitehead, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty

(p.202) 10 By Way of Body
The Fate of Place

Edward S. Casey

University of California Press

This chapter discusses late modern efforts to reclaim the particularity of place from the universality of space through bodily empowerment. The effort began with Kant’s prescient recognition of the orienting prowess of the two-sided body in situating us vis-à-vis “regions in space.” This was extended in Whitehead’s critique of simple location and his emphasis on the visceral body in coming to know what he also called “regions.” It continued in Husserl’s strikingly similar critique of the mathematization of nature and in his attempt to discover the kinesthetic foundations of bodily being-in-place. Merleau-Ponty accorded full scope to the role of the lived body—above all, to its actively expressive movements, its orienting capacity, and its inhabitational powers.

Keywords:   space, place, Kant, Whitehead, Husserl, Merleau–Ponty

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