In Praise of the Backside by Hans-Jürgen Döpp

By Hans-Jürgen Döpp

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The progress in the name of conquering nature in the past two centuries has increasingly led The Three Graces Jean-Baptiste Regnault, 1797-1798 Oil on canvas, 200 x 153 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris 44 45 to the destruction of nature, and not only in the external world, but also in the inner nature of man. The power of humans over nature simultanrously influenced the power over human nature. ’ In man’s devaluation of his own body, nature takes vengeance on man for reducing it to the level of an object of mastery, of raw material”.

He replied to the “despisers of the body”: “There is more reason in your body than in your best wisdom”. Here the spirit would be inclined to interpret itself falsely, advises Reclining Female Nude Jean-François Millet, c. 1844-1845 Oil on canvas, 33 x 41 cm Musée d’Orsay, Paris 58 59 Nietzsche, to escape from the body and “use it as guide… Faith in the body is better manifested than faith in the spirit,” a thesis that today is being confirmed through psychosomatic research. Nietzsche anticipates the psychoanalytical insight that everything having to do with soul and spirit is rooted in physical experience: “ ‘I’ says you, and you are proud of this word.

This dichotomy between body and spirit defines our culture. The Birth of Venus Noël-Nicolas Coypel, 1732 Oil on canvas, 81 x 65 cm The State Hermitage Museum, St. 5 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris 40 41 rationalising, as the devaluation of human body, that is, as dematerialisation”. In the course of progress, the alienation of the body evolved into a hostile estrangement. The body with its variety of senses, passions, and desires was clamped into a rigid framework of commandments and taboos and was made into a simple “mute servant” through a series of repressive measures.

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