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The aesthetics of existence: Nietzsche and Merleau-Ponty on the body


2010 2010

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The purpose of this paper is to appropriate Nietzsche and Merleau-Ponty's criticisms of metaphysical dualism to argue for an embodied account of human existence that is grounded aesthetically rather than morally. I begin with Nietzsche's criticism of metaphysical dualism as it relates to rationality and Christianity and demonstrate the limitation of these frameworks to account for human existence. I then buttress Nietzsche's criticism with Merleau-Ponty's embodied notion of consciousness to argue for a position that incorporates the existence of others in the notion of the self and argue that the rejection of traditional notions of human existence does not imply a denial of meaning and ethics but opens new paths in which these instances may be realized through embodied consciousness.

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Subject
Philosophy;
Ethnic studies;
Cognitive psychology;
Aesthetics
Classification
0422: Philosophy
0631: Ethnic studies
0633: Cognitive psychology
0650: Aesthetics
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; Psychology; Merleau-Ponty, Maurice; Nietzsche, Friedrich
Title
The aesthetics of existence: Nietzsche and Merleau-Ponty on the body
Author
Beasley, Kevin Allen
Number of pages
84
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0008
Source
MAI 48/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109614923
Advisor
Feder, Ellen K.
University/institution
American University
University location
United States -- District of Columbia
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1478663
ProQuest document ID
305182384
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305182384
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