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Violenta si corporalitate/ Violence and Corporality

Author(s): Francisc Baja

Journal: Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
ISSN 1583-0039

Volume: 2;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 84;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: violence | body | concentration camp | torture | teleology

The relation between violence and corporality is no more or less than teleological, a relation that had a huge impact upon an older one, between mind and body, or soul and body. This teleology of violence was made possible by the political investiture of the body. The extermination camp becomes the symbol and the symptom where the relations between mind and body were broke. Torture, as a limit experience, brings us in front of a revolt of the soul against the body, a revolt that prolongs into the social life. In this way de-corporality becomes a simple mechanism of defense, which affects, perhaps forever, the feature of this fragile alliance between mind and body, while the principle that starts to govern the soul becomes: there is no sufferings where is no body.
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