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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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Elements of Philematology

Elements of Philematology

(p.81) Elements of Philematology
The Forgotten Sense

Pablo Maurette

University of Chicago Press

The kiss, one of the most common features of romantic love, has been notoriously neglected by theoretical and philosophical discourse. This essay imagines what a branch of knowledge dedicated to it, a "philematology" (from the Greek word for "kiss", "philema"), would be. Is it possible to talk about what happens inside two mouths when lovers kiss? Does language even have the right words to account for the sensations, noises, movements involved in the act of kissing? In order to gather ideas and consider different ways of talking and thinking about kissing, the essay looks at the only philosophical treatise ever dedicated entirely to the kiss, Francesco Patrizi's "Delfino, or on the kiss", examples from Renaissance "kiss poetry", novels, film, and sculpture.

Keywords:   kiss, osculation, Patrizi, Kierkegaard, Johannes Secundus, basia

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