Download e-book for kindle: Recovering the Body: A Philosophical Story by Carol Collier

By Carol Collier

ISBN-10: 0776607995

ISBN-13: 9780776607993

Following the metaphysical and epistemological threads that experience ended in our sleek belief of the physique as a computing device, the booklet explores perspectives of the physique within the historical past of philosophy. Its imperative thesis is that the Cartesian paradigm, which has ruled the fashionable notion of the physique (including the advance and perform of medicine), bargains an incomplete or even misguided photograph. This photo has turn into a reductio advert absurdum, which, via such present tendencies because the perform of maximum physique amendment, and futuristic visions of downloading recognition into machines, may lead to the disappearance of the organic physique. featuring Spinoza’s philosophy of the physique because the street now not undefined, the writer asks what Spinoza could contemplate a few of our modern physique visions. It additionally appears to 2 extra holistic techniques to the physique that provide wish of convalescing its real which means: the perform of yoga and replacement drugs. The metaphysical research is observed all through by way of a tripartite historic and epistemological research: the physique as a drawback to wisdom (exemplified by means of Plato and our modern day futurists), the physique as an item of data (exemplified through Descartes and glossy medical medicine); and the physique as a resource of information (exemplified via the Stoics, and the philosophy of yoga).

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