2010-2013: The Body In-Between

Project development

Year 2010

  • Methodological problems concerning the phenomenological approach of corporeality.
  • The delimitation of the interdisciplinary field of research.
  • The relation between the phenomenological-hermeneutical research of corporeality and the historical-philosophical and theological research of the body.

Year 2011

I) phenomenological analysis of body.

A) Edmund Husserl: Ideen I. Topics addressed:

  • Interpretation of the apprehensive mode of cultural objects.
  • The comparison with the apprehension of the human “body” in its relation with the “spirit” that animates him.
  • Objects of this type are not just simple “bodies” (Körper), but rather, like human bodies (Leiber), they are fully “animated” by a cultural significance.
  • Interdisciplinary application: the problem of body and inter-corporeality in the filmic perception. Interpretation of the images as “artifacts.”

B) Emmanuel Levinas: Some Reflections about the Philosophy of Hitlerism; De l’evasion; From Existence to Existence; Time and the Other. Topics addressed:

  • body and identity.
  • body and the elemental.
  • corporeality and work.
  • the body, between the ethics and the erotic.

II) Interdisciplinary dimension: hermeneutics and historical-religious approach.

  • The historical and methodological presuppositions of the hermeneutic-anthropological interpretation of the problem of the body.

Year 2012

I) The phenomenological analysis of body:

A) E. Husserl: Ding und Raum; Ideen II; Ideen III; Cartesian Meditations, Krisis. Topics adressed:

  • the distinction between Leib and Körper.
  • body and perception.
  • the problem of kinestesis.
  • body and space.
  • body and “I can”.
  • body and intersubjectivity, the problem of empathy.

B) Emmanuel Levinas: Otherwise Than Being or Beyond Essence. Topics addressed:

  • the relation between psyche and body.
  • the relation between embodiment and responsibility.
  • the relation between  substitution and vulnerability.

II) Interdisciplinary dimension.

  • the relation between body and psyche in  the Austrian philosophy and psychoanalysis (the relation between Freud and Brentano)
  • the theological and philosophical issues of corporeality in ancient and medieval Christianity (“the body of martyrs” and “the body of angels”)

Year 2013

I) The phenomenological analysis of body:

A) Edmund Husserl, Ding und Raum; Ideen II. Topics adressed:

  • The idea of ​​muscular sense or sense of movement, developed in the nineteenth century English empiricism.
  • The relation between perceptual and practical kinesthesia.
  • Mastering the body.

B) Martin Heidegger, Zollikon Seminars. Topics adressed:

  • The relation between phenomenology and medicine.
  • Sickness as an existential phenomenon.
  • Body and tactility.
  • Corporeality and spatiality.
  • Being of the body as Leiben.

C) Emmanuel Levinas, Totality and infinity. Topics adressed:

  • The ambiguity of the body.
  • Body and donation.
  • Autonomy and sacrifice.

D) Walter Benjamin. Passagenwerk. Topics adressed:

  • The relation between body and fashion.
  • The problem of “exercise”.
  • The idea of ​​”tactile reception”
  • The analysis of gesture.

II) Interdisciplinary dimension.

  • The German psychology in the late nineteenth century (especially Brentano, Bolzano and Lipps) and Freudian theory of the unconscious.
  • The problem of body in medieval philosophy: the relation between corporeality and language.