The purpose of The Corporeal Turn is to document in a single text the impressive array of investigations possible with respect to the body and bodily life, and to show that, whatever the specific topic being examined, it is a matter of fathoming and elucidating complex and subtle structures of animate meaning. The corporeal turn is envisioned as an ever-expanding, continuous, and open-ended spiral of inquiry in which deeper and deeper understandings are forged, understandings that in each instance themselves call out for deeper and deeper inquiries. The first thirteen essays have already been published as distinct articles. The two new essays constituting the final two chapters are testimony to this open-ended spiral of inquiry.
“Now and then a book comes along that shatters your assumptions and changes the way you think. The Corporeal Turn is such a book -- a truly remarkable piece of scholarship and analysis written beautifully in her own, inimitable style. Maxine Sheets-Johnstone holds a mirror up to Nature and shows how, by making the familiar strange, a whole new science of human experience — grounded in animation and dynamics — becomes possible. What a challenge she presents us and what a clarion call for action!”
-- J A Scott Kelso, Creech Chair in Science, Florida Atlantic University and Pierre de Fermat Laureate
"This is a brilliant collection of essays by an exceptionally original thinker. Maxine Sheets-Johnstone seamlessly unites work in phenomenology, evolutionary biology, developmental psychology and several other disciplines, so as to cast new light on many different aspects of bodily experience and activity. The book will be required reading for anyone interested in the living body."
-- Matthew Ratcliffe, Reader in Philosophy, Durham University
The essays that comprise this volume span a 26 year period of meticulously presented and thought-provoking arguments by a leading thinker of our time. Though 13 of the 16 essays are not new, they nevertheless maintain a remarkable freshness and relevance and do not appear in any way faded next to their newer off-springs, a testament to the depth of Maxine Sheets Johnson's insights. The body could not find a better advocate, especially today when the brain so dominates discourse on many levels and the term "neuro" has become a prefix for many fields of study and practice. Poets and mathematicians talk about writing being a "body thing," and some musicians describe using their body as they feel and create music; in this way, their reports underscore Sheets Johnson's focus on the body and especially the body in movement, which she places firmly at the center of the mind-brain-body debate and discourse.
-- Professor Edward Nersessian, Weill Cornell Medical College
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