Merleau-Ponty on Space and the Body

“We grasp external spaces through our bodily situation. A “corporeal” or postural schema gives us a global, practical and implicit notion of the relation between our body and things, and our hold on them. A system of possible movements, or “motor projects” radiates from us to the environment. Our body is not in space like things; it inhabits or haunts space. It implies itself to space like a hand to an instrument and when we wish to move about we do not move the body as we move an object.”

-Maurice Merleau-Ponty, The Visible and Invisible, 5

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Posted on January 24, 2013, in Quotes and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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