May 13, 2010

The openness of language and bodies

"It's a strange idea of the body, isn't it, which is we're ... it's essentially a prison house that cuts the selves off from ourselves. Phenomenologically speaking, the body, of course -- the body is a way of being present to other people. It is a way of being in the world, a way of of being among things. So that to inhabit a body (if that's the right term) is already, as it were, to be open to an outside -- just as, as it were, to inhabit a language is inherently and intrinsically to be open toward an outside.

Both body and language, understood properly, dismantle that rather dubious distinction between inside and outside."

-- Terry Eagleton