Corine Pelluchon: Nourishment: a philosophy of the political body, trans. by Justin E. H. Smith

Bloomsbury, London and New York, 2019, 401 p

Abstract

“In the beginning there was hunger.” This opening quote from Levinas sets the stage for Pelluchon’s ethico-political project that revamps classical phenomenology’s intentionality of the ego by focusing on the sensing and enjoyment of the “gourmet cogito” who “lives from” and finds nourishment in a world that cannot be reduced to a noeme. She critiques Heidegger’s existential analytic and focuses on an ontology where our love of life precedes our being-towards-death, before boldly mapping out a new social pact, founded on the structures of existence (existentials) that her phenomenology of nourishment reveals.

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  1. 1.

    Pelluchon (2019, p. 39).

  2. 2.

    Ibid., p. 45.

  3. 3.

    Ibid., p. 49.

  4. 4.

    Ibid., p. 66.

  5. 5.

    Ibid., pp. 71–74.

  6. 6.

    Ibid., p. 81.

  7. 7.

    Ibid., p. 87.

  8. 8.

    Ibid., p. 125.

  9. 9.

    Ibid., p. 106.

  10. 10.

    Ibid., p. 313.

  11. 11.

    Ibid., p. 208.

  12. 12.

    Ibid., p. 217.

  13. 13.

    Ibid., p. 234.

  14. 14.

    Ibid., pp. 254–262.

  15. 15.

    Ibid., p. 271.

  16. 16.

    Ibid., p. 275.

  17. 17.

    Ibid., p. 293.

  18. 18.

    Ibid., p. 305.

  19. 19.

    Ibid., p. 316.

  20. 20.

    Ibid., p. 234.

  21. 21.

    Ibid., p. 327.

  22. 22.

    Ibid., p. 336.

  23. 23.

    Ibid., p. 356.

References

  1. Levinas, Emmanuel. 2009. Carnets de captivité, suivi de Écrits sur la captivité et Notes philosophiques diverses (Œuvres 1). R. Calin et C. Chalier (éd.). Paris: Grasset/IMEC.

  2. Pelluchon, Corine. 2019. Nourishment: A Philosophy of the Political Body, trans. by Justin E. H. Smith. London & New York: Bloomsbury.

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Drouillard, J. Corine Pelluchon: Nourishment: a philosophy of the political body, trans. by Justin E. H. Smith. Cont Philos Rev (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11007-020-09502-z

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Keywords

  • Pelluchon
  • Phenomenology
  • Nourishment
  • Contract theory
  • Ontology
  • Levinas