Intangible Materialism: The Body, Scientific Knowledge, and the Power of Language

Intangible Materialism: The Body, Scientific Knowledge, and the Power of Language

By: Ronald Schleifer (author)Hardback

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Taking as his point of departure Norbert Weiner\u2019s statement that information is basic to understanding materialism in our era, Ronald Schleifer shows how discoveries of modern physics have altered conceptions of matter and energy and the ways in which both information theory and the study of literature can enrich these conceptions. Expanding the reductive notion of \u201cthe material\u201d as simply matter and energy, he formulates a new, more inclusive idea of materialism.Schleifer\u2019s project attempts to bridge the divisions between the humanities and the sciences and to create a nonreductive materialism for the information age. He presents a materialistic account of human bodily experience by delving into language and literature that powerfully represents our faces, voices, hands, and pain. For example, he examines the material resources of poetic \u201cliterariness\u201d as it is revealed in the condition of Tourette\u2019s syndrome. Schleifer also investigates gestures of the hand in the formation of sociality, and he studies pain as both a physiological and phenomenological experience.This ambitious work explores physiological analyses, evolutionary explanations, and semiotic descriptions of materialism to reveal how aspects of physical existence discover meaning in experience.

About Author

Ronald Schleifer is George Lynn Cross Professor of English and adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Oklahoma.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780816644674
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780816644674
  • ISBN10: 0816644675

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