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The Incarnality of Being
The Earth, Animals, and the Body in Heidegger's Thought
The Incarnality of Being
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Frank Schalow - Author
SUNY series in Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
Price: $65.00 
Hardcover - 222 pages
Release Date: July 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6735-X
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6735-0

Price: $31.95 
Paperback - 222 pages
Release Date: June 2007
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6736-7

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A groundbreaking exploration of Heidegger and embodiment, from which a radical ethical perspective emerges.

The Incarnality of Being addresses Martin Heidegger’s tendency to neglect the problem of the body, an omission that is further reflected in the field of Heidegger scholarship. By addressing the corporeal dimension of human existence, author Frank Schalow uncovers Heidegger’s concern for the materiality of the world. This allows for the ecological implications of Heidegger’s thought to emerge, specifically, the kinship between humans and animals and the mutual interest each has for preserving the environment and the earth. By advancing the theme of the “incarnality of being,” Schalow brings Heidegger’s thinking to bear on various provocative questions concerning contemporary philosophy: sexuality, the intersection of human and animal life, the precarious future of the earth we inhabit, and the significance that reclaiming our embodiment has upon ethics and politics.

“…one of the more gifted and creative of Heidegger scholars, Frank Schalow elucidates … the phenomenon and problematic of embodiment … this book’s scholarly excellence may well draw in some ecologists to the rich existential framework of Heideggerian eco-phenomenology.” — Environmental Philosophy

“This is an intellectually informed, well-researched, and rigorously argued study. The issue of the body and embodiment in Heidegger has been especially underexamined and/or misunderstood and this book promises to radically correct that. While faithfully articulating Heidegger’s thought, Schalow also critically examines his arguments and suggests valuable alternative strategies and possibilities, for example, to Heidegger’s own later reading of Being and Time itself. This is a valuable work.” — Eric Sean Nelson, coeditor of Addressing Levinas

Frank Schalow is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Orleans. He is the author of many books, including The Renewal of the Heidegger-Kant Dialogue: Action, Thought, and Responsibility, also published by SUNY Press, and Heidegger and the Quest for the Sacred: From Thought to the Sanctuary of Faith.

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Table of Contents


1. The Materiality of the World

Work, Exchange, and Technology
Problems Arising from Having a Body–Addiction

2. The Erotic, Sexuality, and Diversity

Sexual Differentiation
Sexuality and the Other
Eros, Imagination, and the Pornographic

3. Ethos, Embodiment, and Future Generations

The Incarnatedness of Ethical Action
The Ones to Come

4. Of Earth and Animals

Of Habitat and Dwelling
Who Speaks for the Animals?

5. The Body Politic: Terrestrial or Social?

The Polyvalency of Freedom
The Political Body

6. The Return to the Earth and the Idiom of the Body

Revisiting the Turning
Technology and the Illusion of Controlling the Earth and the Body
Revisiting the Self


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