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The Forgotten SenseMeditations on Touch$
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Pablo Maurette

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226561332

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226561509.001.0001

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A Squeeze of the Hand

A Squeeze of the Hand

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The Forgotten Sense

Pablo Maurette

University of Chicago Press

This chapter has three main goals: 1. It provides a brief historical survey of the place given to the sense of touch in the history of Western philosophy since Ancient Greece until our days, showing how it was neglected at best and, at times, even explicitly derided by some of the most influential thinkers. As it does this, it also provides testimony not only of those few thinkers who did indeed grant it importance, but also of how even those who belittled it cannot fully ignore it. 2. It introduces some basic terminology that will be instrumental throughout the book, especially the notion of the haptic as an umbrella term for different operations and mechanisms associated with the sense of touch. 3. By beginning and ending with the close-reading of literary passages from two very different time periods (Late Antiquity and the nineteenth century), this first chapter sets the tone of the book -- a book that brings together literature, philosophy, history of science, and art history. Some of the authors discussed in this first essay are Luxorius, Lucretius, Riegl, and Melville.

Keywords:   touch, haptic, affect, Melville, Riegl, proprioception

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