This original work takes its place among the recent interdisciplinary work being done at the intersection of philosophy and communication studies. Bringing together Reichian psychoanalysis, the utopian Marxism of Ernst Bloch, and a rigorous phenomenology of communication following Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty, Ramsey argues that studies of corporeality are a necessary component of a philosophy of communicative praxis directed toward ethical concerns. Arguing for a return to the body to address questions of ethics, Ramsey demonstrates that the communicative disclosure of worldly possibilities arises out of the conjunction of physical and hermeneutical capabilities of bodies and the material potentiality of situations. It is against this backdrop, which includes a detailed description of communicative praxis in a world determined by technology, that Ramsey develops the groundwork for an 'ethics of relief'.
Ramsey Eric Ramsey teaches at Arizona State University West in Phoenix, AZ. He holds a Ph.D. from the Joint Program in Philosophy and Communication, Purdue University. Dr. Ramsey is the recipient of the Arizona State University at the West campus award for Excellence in Teaching, a Wakonse Teaching Fellow, and multiple-time nominee for the ASU Parents Association Professor of the Year Award. He teaches advanced honors seminars in philosophy as well as sections of the Barrett first-year seminar The Human Event. Dr. Ramsey's research is undertaken from a continental philosophical perspective dealing with questions concerning the ethical practice of communication. He is the author of two books: Leaving Us to Wonder: An Essay on the Questions Science Can't Ask (co-authored with the biologist Linda Wiener) and The Long Path to Nearness, a philosophical contribution to communication theory and ethics. He is also the editor of and contributor to the book Experiences Between Philosophy and Communication. He has published numerous essays and book chapters in major journals and in edited collections. Dr. Ramsey is the originator and editor of the Philosophy/Communication Book Series.