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Psicologia Clínica

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FURLAN, Reinaldo. Merleau-Ponty and descartes: the feeling between medicine and psychology. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2012, vol.24, n.2, pp. 101-114. ISSN 0103-5665.

Based on the notion of feeling, according to the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty, the legacy of Cartesian metaphysics presence in western medicine and psychology is discussed. In Descartes we find two distinct programs of research: one for the body, which undertook our medicine, and another for the soul, which undertook our psychology. After all, although in the Cartesian Anthropology man is in fact the substantial union between body and soul, his metaphysical establishes that we can just speak clearly about them separately. By describing the meaning of the experience of the own body, Merleau-Ponty seeks to deconstruct the notions of body and soul in Descartes, and point out this union that Descartes's philosophy recognized just in fact. The notion of feeling is the bottom line in this discussion, once it is the privileged expression of this union.

Palavras-chave : modern metaphysics; Merleau-Ponty; medicine; psychology.

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