Topologies of the flesh : a multidimensional exploration of the lifeworld /
Steven M. Rosen.
Athens, OH : Ohio University Press, c2006.
xix, 335 p.
0821416766 (alk. paper)
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Athens, OH : Ohio University Press, c2006.
0821416766 (alk. paper)
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Introduction to topological phenomenology -- The topology of the flesh -- Introduction to the lower dimensions -- Dimensional ontogeny -- Co-evolving lifeworlds -- Distilling the lower dimensions -- Co-evolving lifeworlds fleshed out -- Dimensional self-signification.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The concept of "flesh" in philosophical terms derives from the writings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. This was the word he used to name the concrete realm of sentient bodies and life processes that has been eclipsed by the abstractions of science, technology, and modern culture. Topology, to conventional understanding, is the branch of mathematics that concerns itself with the properties of geometric figures that stay the same when the figures are stretched or deformed. Topologies of the Flesh is an original blend of continental thought and mathematical imagination. Steven M. Rosen opens up a new area of philosophical inquiry: topological phenomenology. Through his unique application of qualitative mathematics, he extends the approaches of Merleau-Ponty and Heidegger so as to offer a detailed exploration of previously uncharted dimensions of human experience and the natural world. Rosen's unprecedented marriage of topology and phenomenology is motivated by the desire to help overcome the pervasive dualism of contemporary philosophy and Western culture at large. To carry this to completion, he must address his own dualistic stance as author. Challenging the author's traditional posture of detachment and anonymity, Rosen makes his presence vividly felt in his final chapter, and his philosophical analysis is transformed into a living reality.
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A blend of continental thought and mathematical imagination, this book opens up an area of philosophical inquiry: topological phenomenology.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
The Way into the Lifeworldp. xi
Preview of the Chaptersp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xviii
Topology and Dimensional Fleshp. 1
Introduction to Topological Phenomenologyp. 3
Modern Topology in Historical Perspectivep. 4
Core Assumptions of Modernist Topologyp. 9
Post-Lacanian Applications of Topologyp. 12
From Postmodern Topology to Topological Phenomenologyp. 16
The Topology of the Fleshp. 23
Phenomenology and the Flesh of the Worldp. 23
Embodying the Flesh through Topologyp. 26
Concrete Realization of Topological Fleshp. 39
Conclusionp. 49
Lower Dimensions of the Fleshp. 51
Preamblep. 53
Introduction to the Lower Dimensionsp. 55
Being and Appropriationp. 55
The Topodimensional Familyp. 59
Summationp. 86
Dimensional Ontogenyp. 87
The Three Basic Stages of Ontogenyp. 87
Individuation as ontogenyp. 88
Individuation as Ontogenyp. 90
Topodimensional Analysis of the Basic Stagesp. 94
Co-evolving Lifeworldsp. 120
Setting the Matrix in Motionp. 120
The Cyclonic Nature of Onto-dimensional Processp. 133
Distilling the Lower Dimensionsp. 150
Introductionp. 150
The Fourth Order of Dimensional Flesh: Human Cognitionp. 152
The Third Order of Dimensional Flesh: Animal Emotionp. 165
The Second Order of Dimensional Flesh: Vegetative Sensualityp. 180
The First Order of Dimensional Flesh: Mineral Intuitionp. 189
Co-evolving Lifeworlds Fleshed Outp. 198
Phylo-functional Distillation of the Topodimensional Spiralp. 199
The Noncognitive Quaternitiesp. 209
Fourfold Emotional Fleshp. 209
Fourfold Sensuous Fleshp. 219
Fourfold Intuitive Fleshp. 223
Gyrations of Co-evolving Fleshp. 231
Cycles of Divergence: Self-Appropriationp. 231
Cycles of Convergence: Proprioceptionp. 239
Dimensional Self-Significationp. 246
Cognitive Self-Significationp. 246
Cognitive-Emotional Self-Significationp. 251
Cognitive-Emotional-Sensuous Self-Significationp. 277
Embryonic Self-Signification in the Unus Mundusp. 289
Notesp. 307
Bibliographyp. 315
Indexp. 323
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