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Embodiment, Enaction, and CultureInvestigating the Constitution of the Shared World$
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Christoph Durt, Thomas Fuchs, and Christian Tewes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035552

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035552.001.0001

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Intercorporeality and Intersubjectivity: A Phenomenological Exploration of Embodiment

Intercorporeality and Intersubjectivity: A Phenomenological Exploration of Embodiment

(p.25) 1 Intercorporeality and Intersubjectivity: A Phenomenological Exploration of Embodiment
Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture

Dermot Moran

The MIT Press

In this paper I explore the connections, especially in the work of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty, between the phenomenological concepts of embodiment and intercorporeality in relation to their role in the constitution of intersubjective sociality and, more generally, culture. From its origins at the outset of the twentieth century to the present, phenomenology has led the way not only in exploring the first-person experience of lived embodiment (Leiblichkeit), but also in the first- and second person plural experience of “intertwining” (Verflechtung, l’interlacs) and “intercorporeality” (intercorporéité), the latter being a concept that is found in a few scattered places in Merleau-Ponty’s later writings but which is first elaborated—although not in name—by Husserl and later Sartre. In this paper I examine how embodiment and intercorporeal intertwining are necessary steps in the constitution of culture.

Keywords:   Phenomenology, Embodiment, Intercorporeality, Intersubjectivity, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty

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