In The Corporeal Turn, political theorist John Tambornino offers a thorough rethinking of ethical and political theory by emphasizing human embodiment, and the primacy of passion and need, in response to the neglect of these matters in much of contemporary thought. Tambornino calls for a 'corporeal turn' or, as he explains, sustained attention to human embodiment-something that is often occluded when priority is given to reason or language. Working through a diverse set of thinkers, exploring such themes as necessity and freedom, need and desire, nature and convention, and public and private, and noting vivid instances of politicized embodiment, Tambornino takes seriously Nietzsche's claim that philosophy has largely been an interpretation and misunderstanding of the body. The result is nothing less than a new orientation to ethical and political theory-one that appreciates the complex relations of language, politics, culture and corporeality-and a powerful intervention into those domains.
John Tambornino is a fellow at the Washington Center for the Study of American Government at Johns Hopkins University.
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Corporeal Turn Chapter 2 Locating the Body: Corporeality and Politics in Hannah Arendt Chapter 3 A Direction in Being: Embodiment and Teleology in Charles Taylor Chapter 4 The Corporeality of Thought: The Primacy of the Body in Friedrich Nietzsche Chapter 5 Self-Conscious Materialism: Freedom and Thought in Stuart Hampshire Chapter 6 Conclusion: The Return of Corporeality