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IntercorporealityEmerging Socialities in Interaction$
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Christian Meyer, J Streeck, and J. Scott Jordan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190210465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210465.001.0001

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Wild Meaning

Wild Meaning

The Intercorporeal Nature of Objects, Bodies, and Words

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(p.361) 14 Wild Meaning
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Intercorporeality
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J. Scott Jordan

Chris Mays

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210465.003.0014

Given the contemporary dominance of empiricism in the debate regarding bodies and meaning, the present paper projects Merleau-Ponty’s notion of intercorporeality into that debate. It does so via wild systems theory, a recently-developed approach to bodies and meaning. This theory defends Merleau-Ponty’s notion of inherently meaningful bodies by (1) rejecting the notion of subject-object divides, and (2) describing the inherent relationality of bodies and their relationships with objects and other bodies. The paper then examines the intercorporeal nature of words. This is explored as a means of completing Husserl’s mission to reestablish philosophy as an expression of experience by experience (i.e., wild meaning).

Keywords:   Merleau-Ponty, wild systems theory, intercorporeality, Husserl, wild meaning

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