Foucault, Levinas and the Ethical Embodied Subject

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Lok, Wing-Kai
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2011-07-05
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en
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Foucault, Michel, 1926-1984 , Levinas, Emmanuel , Ethics , Other (Philosophy) , Subject (Philosophy) , Mind and body
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This dissertation attempts to interrogate whether the postmodern anti-essentialist approach to the body can truly recognize the ethical value of the body. For the postmodernists, the value of the human body has long been repressed by Cartesian rationalism and dualism that privileges the mind over the body. Dualism is a form of reductionism that reduces either the mind to the body or the body to the mind. It not only fails to recognize an interaction between mind and body, but also privileges one side at the expense of the other. For instance, rationalism is a dualist reductionism since it always explains the body and matter in terms of mind or reason. Thus, dualism not only refers to a split or separation between mind and body, but also refers to a reductive relation between mind and body.
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Institute for Christian Studies
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