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Fictions of DignityEmbodying Human Rights in World Literature$
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Elizabeth S. Anker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451362

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451362.001.0001

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Embodying Human Rights

Embodying Human Rights

Toward a Phenomenology of Social Justice

(p.47) Chapter Two Embodying Human Rights
Fictions of Dignity

Elizabeth S. Anker

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how a theoretical focus on embodiment might remedy the exclusionary anatomy of human rights discourses and norms, resulting in an imaginative recalibration of liberal mappings of human rights. Drawing on Maurice Merleau-Ponty's thought, it considers how a philosophy of embodiment might begin to reverse liberalism's dualistic animus toward the body and whether embodiment could be reconfigured to signal not servitude but instead experiential thickness, agility, and abundance. It also asks how a more faithful rendition of human selfhood—one that takes embodiment seriously—might create a more inclusive liberal democratic public sphere, along with a conception of the body politic that is permeable and diffuse rather than unified and nuclear. The chapter shows how Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology of embodied perception implicitly verifies the body's many contributions to both selfhood and social justice.

Keywords:   embodiment, human rights, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, liberalism, selfhood, body politic, phenomenology, embodied perception, social justice

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