This wide-ranging work explores what the emotions, if approached on their own terms, can tell us about our world and our selves. By doing so sensitively, it fills a missing space in Western philosophy, literary theory and psychology, in which the emotions are seen for the first time as the primary way of understanding experience through the depth of the sensual-perceptual, rather than as mere handmaidens to reason or biology. The work weaves together diverse philosophical and literary works, from Merleau-Ponty to Melville, Duras to James, contrasts Eastern and Western perspectives, and arrives at a new vision of reality as becoming and philosophy as fragile ontology.
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The Author: Glen A. Mazis is a philosopher in the interdisciplinary humanities senior level and Masters program at Penn State, Harrisburg. His essays about the nature of emotion, imagination, time, interpersonal relations, film and literature have been published widely in phenomenological and interdisciplinary journals, and have also been included in numerous anthologies about Merleau-Ponty's work and the nature of embodiment. His book, The Magician Trickster and Grieving Man: Reconnecting Men with Earth, is about deconstructing traditional Western male gender identity, its metaphors, history in myth and assumptions about embodiment, and will be published in early 1994.Review:
«Glen Mazis offers an astonishing gift to all who sense the disclosive power of emotion and yet also despair of any postmodern ability to move through the numbness and the nostalgia, the control and the consumption, to some honesty of affect. With phenomenological nuance and political savvy, he guides us into the precious wet-lands of feeling, in which new, fluid contours of self come into focus, embodied and interfused with the others in its world. This is a wise and winsome book, which feminists can trust, philosophers must respect and souls can celebrate.» (Catherine Keller, Drew University)
«Glen Mazis' book 'Emotion and Embodiment' shows powerfully that self is body-self moving and circulating through the world e-motionally, and that the very notion of a self standing back from the world and above the body constricts and impoverishes the life it wants to control.» (Bruce Wilshire, Rutgers University)
«'Emotion and embodiment' provides a genuinely novel approach to the emotional life. Drawing on actual and literary experiences, Glen Mazis shows that emotions, far from being mere expressions of the 'inner life' or only matters of appraisal, are modes of the lived body's ongoing attunement to the surrounding world. Written in an imaginative and vivid style, this 'fragile ontology' makes a compelling case for coming to terms with emotions in ways that can change our individual and collective lives. A treasure-chest of insight and wisdom.» (Edward S. Casey, SUNY at Stony Brook)
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