Touch: Recovering Our Most Vital Sense

Touch: Recovering Our Most Vital Sense

by Richard Kearney

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Our existence is increasingly lived at a distance. As we move from flesh to image, we are in danger of losing touch with each other and ourselves. How can we combine the physical with the virtual, our embodied experience with our global connectivity? How can we come back to our senses?

Richard Kearney offers a timely call for the cultivation of the basic human need to touch and be touched. He argues that touch is our most primordial sense, foundational to our individual and common selves. Kearney explores the role of touch, from ancient wisdom traditions to modern therapies. He demonstrates that a fundamental aspect of touch is interdependence, its inherently reciprocal nature, which offers a crucial corrective to our fixation with control. Making the case for the complementarity of touch and technology, this book is a passionate plea to recover a tangible sense of community and the joys of life with others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231553179
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 02/23/2021
Series: No Limits
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 986,043
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Richard Kearney holds the Charles Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College. He is director of the Guestbook Project for creative peace pedagogy and he has written many books on the philosophy of imagination and embodiment, translated into over a dozen languages. His previous Columbia University Press books include Anatheism: Returning to God After God (2009) and Reimagining the Sacred (2016).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Are We Losing Our Senses?
1. Coming to Our Senses: Tact, Savvy, Flair, Insight, Sound
2. Philosophies of Touch: From Aristotle to Phenomenology
3. Tales of the Wounded Healer
4. Healing Touch: Therapies of Trauma and Recovery
5. Reclaiming Touch in the Age of Excarnation
Coda: Touch and the Coronavirus

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