The Ontological Body

  • Michael E. Sawyer


This chapter takes up Genesis as the locus of foundations of Western political thought generally and in particular the creation of types of Beings that are produced from a generic materiality that then produces a generic form of being. This formation allows reconsideration of Jean-Luc Nancy’s assertion that the “ontological body (as a form) has yet to be thought.” The abstract being that is derived here is essential for exploring this thinking in that it is an account of the type of stripped down subjectivity that Fanon remarks upon in the introduction of Black Skin, White Masks that exists in his reformulation of the “zone of non-being” as proposed by Heidegger, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty. This abstraction and emptiness, both a space and a subject, are constitutional of the title of the text, the homo liminalis. This chapter also examines panels of the Sistine Chapel as foundational to the Western imaginary of the human as ideally white and European.


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  • Michael E. Sawyer
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  1. 1.Colorado CollegeColorado SpringsUSA

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