Maurice Merleau-Ponty gives us something like a Greek theory of flesh in The Visible and the Invisible, trans

. Alphonso Lingis (Evanston, IL: Northwestern Univ. Press, 1968), where flesh is the circle of touching and being touched that connects me to the world, which is made of flesh as much as I am. The project here is to get around behind the back of the mind-body problem. Merleau-Ponty writes: [The] flesh we are speaking of is not matter. It is the coiling over of the visible upon the seeing body, of the tangible upon the touching body, which is attested in particular when the body sees itself, touches itself seeing and touching the things, such that, simultaneously,as tangible it descends among them,as touching it dominates them all and draws its relationship and even this double relationship from itself, by dehiscence or fission of its own mass. This concentration of the visibles about one of them, or this bursting forth of the mass of the body toward the things, which makes a vibration of my skin become the sleek and the rough, makes me follow with my eyesthe movements and the contours of the things themselves, this magical relation, this pact between them and me according to which I lend them my body in order that they inscribe upon it and give me their resemblance, this fold, this central cavity of the visible which is my vision, these two mirror arrangements of the seeing and the visible, the touching and the touched, form a close-bound system that I count on, define a vision in general and a constant style of visibility from which I cannot detach myself, even when a particular vision turns out to be illusory, for I remain certain in that case that in looking closer I would have had the true vision, and that in any case, whether it be this one or another, there is a true vision. (146)

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