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Human being, bodily being : phenomenology from classical India

Author: Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Ram-Prasad, Chakravarthi.
Human being, bodily being.
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018
(OCoLC)1017604305
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad
ISBN: 9780192556721 019255672X 9780191862236 0191862231
OCLC Number: 1045426630
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Human Being, Bodily Being: Phenomenology from Classical India; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Situating Ecological Phenomenology; 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 II: General Features 1: The Body in Illness and Health: The Caraka SaṃhitāSituating the Text: Medicine, Body, History; Human Agency as the Frame for Medicine; The Subject as the Complex of Natural Elements; The Bodily Subject and the Transcendental Self; Diagnosis: Phenomenology in-between Physician and Patient; The Well Body: The Subject and Virtuous Life; The Body in a Medical Version of Ecological Phenomenology; 2: The Gendered Body: The Dialogue of Sulabhā and Janaka, Mahābhārata, Śāntiparvan chapter 308; A Narrative on Gendered Phenomenology; The Story and Its Possibilities; Reading the Text through Sulabhā The Body as the Frame of DialogueThe Mode of Conversation; The King's Speech: Being a Man, Being a Woman, in a Man's World; Social Order and Masculinist Narrative; The Subalterning of the Woman/Renouncer; Sulabhā on Rational Normativity: Ungendered Equality?; Sulabhā on the Ontogenetic Body: Sex-Properties between Biology and Construction; The Claim for an Ungendered Neutrality: Janaka's Paradigm of the Metaphysical Self; The Torments of the King, or the Immanence of Masculinist Power; Freedom: A Woman's Agency, a Particular Human Path; Concluding Puzzle 3: The Body in Contemplation: Buddhaghosa's VisuddhimaggaContemplative Practice and Ecological Phenomenology; The Bodily Human Being: The Phenomenological Emergence of the Self in Question; The Visuddhimagga; A 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; The Fungibility of Bodily Categories: The Lesson from Breathing; Re/constituting Bodiliness I: Understanding as Practice; Re/constituting Bodiliness II: Formation (rūpa) Re/constituting Bodiliness III: Cognition (viññānạ) and Other AggregatesEcological Phenomenology in Contemplative Practice; 4: The Body in Love: Nala and Damayantī's Love/Making in Śrī Harsạ's Naiṣadhacarita; Bodiliness and the Erotic; The Naiṣadhacarita; Some Remarks on the Narrative Context of Love and Lovemaking; To Begin With: Lover Unmet, Love Reciprocated; The Ecology of Erotic Phenomenology: General Considerations; Social Order in a Capacious Ecology; The 'World' of the Lovers; Touch, Vision, and the Other Senses: The Erotic as Multimodal; Lovemaking as Questioning Oneself
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Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad offers illuminating new perspectives on contemporary phenomenological theories of body and subjectivity, based on studies of diverse classical Indian texts. He argues for a  Read more...

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