- Publisher: Freeperson Pr; 2nd edition (June 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0918236037
- ISBN-13: 978-0918236036
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Bodies in Revolt: A Primer in Somatic Thinking 2nd Edition
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Hanna's approach is general and impressionistic and he makes statements that should raise eyebrows, such as that Kant is a somatic thinker (apparently), and that that Merleau-Ponty is mainly concerned with consciousness. If you read the Phenomenology of Perception, Merleau-Ponty says that Kant is concerned with consciousness and is therefore not a somatic thinker but an intellectualist, whereas Merleau-Ponty himself is a somatic thinker precisely to the extent that he is concerned with the body and therefore not with consciousness, if in all these expressions 'consciousness' is understood as meaning 'conceptual thought'.
Since there isn't much detail it is hard to say what he means. You get only a vague impression of what he understands by 'the soma' or 'somatic thinking', which seems to be something like 'the organism'. You might get some general sense of who Darwin, Konrad Lorenz, Piaget, Reich, etc. were if you did not already know.
Perhaps the most informative chapter is on Reich. While Hanna ignores Reich's politics, his description here comes closest to identifying what he means by the 'soma', and anticipates his later development. It shows how far Hanna's own thinking is influenced by Reich. Later on he is critical of Reichian therapy, but here it is clearer that in fact Reich is a source for him, in particular, the idea of expansion and contraction which he develops in "The Body of Life".Read more ›