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Philosophizing the Body : Physical, Social, Psychosomatic and Spiritual Dimensions
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Edited by Nishant Alphonse Irudayadason.
Bibliographical Details xii, 252 p. 25 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351481816
ISBN-13 9789351481812, 978-9351481812
Year of Publication 2016.
Series ACPI Annual Philosophy Series - No. 17.
Further Details Papers Presented at the 40th Annual Research Seminar of ACPI held at Vijnananilayam, Janampet, Eluru, 22-25 October 2015. In Collaboration with Association of Christian Philosophers of India, Eluru.
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A contradiction about the body runs through our culture. On the one hand it is highly valued; the ambient materialism attests to it. But, on the other hand, it is relativized as regards its ontological status, anthropological significance and ethical implications. The substantive challenge is to articulate what mind and body means. The human being is the articulation of these two realities. Two dangers now lurk in all walks of life including our everyday discourse: mind without body and body without mind.

As Christian philosophers of India, we need to address this substantive challenge. This collection of essays presents in a single volume various approaches and perspectives towards philosophizing the body, each perspective valid in its own terms but not exhaustive or categorical. These multiple complementing and at times conflicting perspectives and approaches only point out to the richness of the philosophical discussion that this topic calls for. No attempt is made to homogenize in order to offer a single philosophy, but instead possible ways of philosophizing the body from different perspectives are explored. This open-ended approach is inevitable in our contemporary times where we learn to celebrate difference and embrace heterogeneity. This work reflects novel insights into philosophizing the body and it will hopefully be a valuable resource for any further research on this theme.



Part 1
Phenomenological and Existential Perspectives

1. Modernity and Exile of the Body / Nishant Alphonse Irudayadason

2. Liberating the Body : Mythonomologic Resources / Keith D'Souza

3. Humans as Bodily : A Phenomenological Probe / Johnson J. Puthenpurackal

4. Body, Desire and Insatiability / Felix Fernandes

5. Body, Gaze, Shame and Counter-Gaze / Victor Ferro

6. Body and Consciousness : From Somatic Correlates to Causes / Gregory Mathew Malayil

Part 2
Social, Political and Gender Issues

7. Body, Bio-Politics and Bioethics / S. Sekar Sebastin

8. Stereotyped Bodies : A Christian Critique of the Impact of Race, Caste, and Colour in Contemporary Indian Society / James D. Chellappa

9. Humans for Sale : Objectification, Commodification and Reification of Human Beings / Ashley Miranda

10. A Medieval Perspective on the Body : St. Thomas Aquinas and the Male-Female Difference / Dolreich Pereira

11. In Search of Woman : Re-making Ourselves / Gayatri Mendanha

12. Body, Gender and Sexuality in Family / A. Pushparajan

Part 3
Approaches of Science and Technology

13. Is the Body Merely Bodily? : Reflections on the Human Body as a Symbol in Bio and Medical Sciences / S. Stephen Jayard

14. Redesigning the Human Body in Science and Technology / Noel D'Costa

15. Body in the Media : Organs without Body / Francis Arackal

Part 4
Spiritual Dimensions

16. The Body of the Earthings in `Laudato Si' : A Philosophical Appreciation / Kuruvilla Pandikattu

17. Fasting and Feasting : Differing Philosophies of the Body / George Karuvelil

18. Body, Suffering, Death and Afterlife / John Peter Vallabadoss

19. The Buddhist Concept of the Body / Kurian Alumkal

20. The Body in Saiva Siddhanta / Andrew Anbarasu

21. A Meditative Reflection on the Human Body : Body as Media of Dialogue and Communication / James Purathail

Statement of ACPI Research Seminar on "Philosophizing the Body : Challenges and Opportunities"


Nishant Alphonse Irudayadason is a professor of Philosophy at the Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth: Pontifical Institute of Philosophy and Religion (JDV), Pune, India. After having completed his doctoral studies on Derrida and Ethics at Universite Paris-Est and in Insitut Catholique de Paris, France, he has been actively pursuing academic life. He has presented research papers in many National and International Conferences. He has authored two books, edited one book and penned more than 30 articles in National and International Journals as well as in edited books. He is currently the Chairperson of the doctoral programme in the Faculty of Philosophy at JDV. He is a regular contributor to contemporary political analysis in "Light of Truth", a bimonthly published from Kochi, Kerala.

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