Department of Rhetoric and Writing

The University of Texas at Austin

Descartes

Theorizing the Body

The Vitruvian Man

by Casey Sloan

 

We rely on images of the human body in advertising, in art, in visual arguments, and, quite simply, in navigating everyday social life. Over the years, many philosophers and theorists have grappled with questions like: What constitutes the body? Can the body think? How is the body produced? Why are some bodies more socially acceptable or desirable than others?

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