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Relational BeingBeyond Self and Community$
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Kenneth J. Gergen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199846269

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199846269.001.0001

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The Body as Relationship

The Body as Relationship

Emotion, Pleasure, and Pain

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Relational Being

Kenneth J. Gergen

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the concepts of emotion, pleasure, pain, and the body itself. More specifically, it describes emotions, pleasure, and pain as natural denizens of the body within the context of the ideology of bounded being. It considers the emotions, pleasure, and pain as manifestations of relationship and not of private bodies. It argues that emotions are very much like such processes as reasoning, intention, and memory in the sense that they are basically performances in relationship. It also takes up the challenge of biological determinism and the idea of innate dispositions, along with the degree to which our destiny is among us, as opposed to within us. Finally, the chapter sketches the relational basis of pleasure and pain.

Keywords:   emotion, pleasure, pain, body, bounded being, relationship, memory, biological determinism, innate dispositions, destiny

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