Plessner's Philosophical Anthropology

Perspectives and Prospects

Edited by Jos de Mul

Plessner's Philosophical Anthropology
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Edited by Jos de Mul

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510 pages | 1 color plate | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $149.00 ISBN: 9789089646347 Published January 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Helmuth Plessner (1892–1985) was one of the founders of philosophical anthropology, and his book The Stages of the Organic and Man, first published in 1928, has inspired generations of philosophers, biologists, social scientists, and humanities scholars. This volume offers the first substantial introduction to Plessner’s philosophical anthropology in English, not only setting it in context with such familiar figures as Bergson, Cassirer, and Merleau-Ponty, but also showing Plessner’s relevance to contemporary discussions in a wide variety of fields in the humanities and sciences.
Artificial by Nature
An Introduction to Plessner’s Philosophical Anthropology
Jos de Mul
Part I: Anthropology
1. Philosophical Anthropology
A Third Way between Darwinism and Foucaultism
Joachim Fischer
2. The Nascence of Modern Man
Two Approaches to the Problem – Biological Evolutionary Theory and Philosophical Anthropology
Hans-Peter Krüger
3. “True” and “False” Evolutionism
Bergson’s Critique of Spencer, Darwin & Co. and Its Relevance for Plessner (and Us)
Heike Delitz
4. Life, Concept and Subject
Plessner’s Vital Turn in the Light of Kant and Bergson
Thomas Ebke
5. Bodily Experience and Experiencing One’s Body
Maarten Coolen
6. Plessner and the Mathematical-Physical Perspective
The Prescientif ic Objectivity of the Human Body
Jasper van Buuren
7. The Body Exploited
Torture and the Destruction of Self hood
Janna van Grunsven
8. Plessner’s Theory of Eccentricity
A Contribution to the Philosophy of Medicine
Oreste Tolone
9. The Duty of Personal Identity
Authenticity and Irony
Martino Enrico Boccignone
Part II: Culture
10. Anthropology as a Foundation of Cultural Philosophy
The Connection between Human Nature and Culture by Helmuth  Plessner and Ernst Cassirer
Henrike Lerch
11. Bi-Directional Boundaries
Eccentric Life and Its Environments
Robert Mugerauer
12. The Unbearable Freedom of Dwelling
Jetske van Oosten
13. Eccentric Positionality and Urban Space
Huib Ernste
14. Strangely Familiar
The Debate on Multiculturalism and Plessner’s Philosophical Anthropology
Kirsten Pols
15. De-Masking as a Characteristic of Social Work?
Veronika Magyar-Haas
16. Helmuth Plessner as a Social Theorist
Role Playing in Legal Discourse
Bas Hengstmengel
17. Habermas’s New Turn towards Plessner’s Philosophical Anthropology
Matthias Schloβberger
Part III: Technology
18. The Quest for the Sources of the Self, Seen from the Vantage Point of Plessner’s Material a Priori
Petran Kockelkoren
19. The Brain in the Vat as the Epistemic Object of Neurobiology
Gesa Lindemann
20. Switching “On,” Switching “Off”
Does Neurosurgery in Parkinson’s Disease Create Man-Machines?
Johannes Hätscher
21. On Humor and “Laughing” Rats
The Importance of Plessner for Affective Neuroscience
Heleen J. Pott
22. A Moral Bubble
The Influence of Online Personalization on Moral Repositioning
Esther Keymolen
23. Eccentric Positionality as a Precondition for the Criminal
Liability Of Artificial Life Forms
Mireille Hildebrandt
24. Not Terminated
Cyborgized Men Still Remain Human Beings
Dierk Spreen
25. Plessner and Technology
Philosophical Anthropology Meets the Posthuman
Peter-Paul Verbeek
26. Philosophical Anthropology 2.0
Reading Plessner in the Age of Converging Technologies
Jos de Mul
Plessner’s Collected Writings (Gesammelte Schriften)
About the Authors
Name Index
Subject Index
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