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IrrevocableA Philosophy of Mortality$
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Alphonso Lingis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226556765

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226557090.001.0001

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The Weight of Reality

The Weight of Reality

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(p.7) The Weight of Reality
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Irrevocable
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Alphonso Lingis

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226557090.003.0002

When we read about the universe as physics and chemistry, electromagnetism and astronomy represent it, it gives us a strange sense of weightlessness; it is a representation where all things, and our bodies, are clouds of infinitesimal energy units in frantic motion. The real things we encounter have weight. This weight is not the same as the force of a mass pressing upon another mass that science measures and conceptualizes as gravity. Weight is felt by our sensorial bodies. The sense of weight is a sense of the whole thing, which holds itself together and separate, disconnected from other things. Air, heat and cold, humidity and aridity lighten or weigh down things. Our bodies and the life in our bodies have weight, and they weigh down on our environment. We feel the weight of our bodies in fatigue and aging.

Keywords:   weight, reality, weight of life, fatigue, aging

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