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The Autobiographical Climbing Experience Research from Merleau-Ponty’s Body Phenomenology Perspective

  • Global Creative Leader: Education & Learning
  • Abbr : GCL
  • 2018, 8(2), pp.51-64
  • DOI : 10.34226/gcl.2018.8.2.51
  • Publisher : Research Institute for Gifted & Talented Education, Soongsil University
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education
  • Published : June 30, 2018

Kyungmi Im 1

1성결대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to investigate climbing experiences through Maurice Merleau- Ponty's phenomenology of the body and to explore the body. I wanted to understand more deeply whether or not there was something going on. Research data collection and analysis was conducted among mountaineers in their late 30s and early 50s. Various experiences such as diaries, prose, poetry, and novels about climbing experiences were recorded for about 15 years. Merleau-Ponty performed philosophical inquiries in describing the body as a subject of philosophy and expressed the 'world we live in', the 'vividly experienced world', as our body perceives. Also, the body is perceived as the only incarnated entity in which the human body lives, desires, thinks, and acts. The findings of the study are as follows: First, the body, things such as bodily schemes, habits, and body structures were made by life environments and climbing. Second, the body, in which one’s whole life history is incarnated through climbing experience, is a constantly changing being with an orientation to the world in the relationship between society and the world. Third, the body, through climbing experiences, enables one to lead a nomadic life.

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