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Between the Body and the Breathing Earth

…the whole of nature is the setting of our own life, and our interlocutor in a sort of dialogue.      — Maurice Merleau-Ponty Ted Toadvine(1) is an attentive scholar of the phenomenological movement, with an abiding interest in the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. His approach to phenomenology is considerably more conservative than my own, ...

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Earth in Eclipse

There is another world, but it is in this one. — Paul Eluard As a fresh millennium dawns around us, a new and vital skill is waiting to be born in the human organism, a new talent called for by the curious situation in which much of humankind now finds itself. We may call it ...

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Merleau-Ponty and the Voice of the Earth

Introduction Slowly, inexorably, members of our species are beginning to catch sight of a world that exists beyond the confines of our specific culture—beginning to recognize, that is, that our own personal, social, and political crises reflect a growing crisis in the biological matrix of life on the planet. The ecological crisis may be the ...

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