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The Transcendental Priority Of Touch: Friendship As A Foundation For A Philosophy Of Touch, Stephen Richard Palmquist Jan 2016

The Transcendental Priority Of Touch: Friendship As A Foundation For A Philosophy Of Touch, Stephen Richard Palmquist

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As the boundary between the body and the external world, skin has a transcendental status not possessed by other organs. Considered in this way, touch is the most fundamental sense: sight, hearing, smell, and taste can all be regarded as forms of touch. Increasing sensitivity to touching leads modern societies to intensify sexual harassment laws. Anti-touch legislation is nothing new, as a review of relevant biblical texts demonstrates. Surprisingly, the Gospels’ portrayal of Jesus can serve as a model for modifying touching taboos: when employed responsibly, touch promotes moral/spiritual renewal. Correlating the five senses with five types of love ...