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Which philosopher would Bakewell think is the most physically comfortable? Why?

Bakewell portrays Merleau-Ponty as the only philosopher who is comfortable in a physical sense. She describes him as a man who is physically comfortable with his own body. He is never, as all the existential philosophers often are, struck by an anxiety over sensations. The others are frequently emotionally and mentally affected by the eerie feelings that their own bodies bring to them. He, however, does not feel that his own body’s existence is strange or uncanny, and he is not upset by his body. On the contrary, he is a skilled dancer and often danced in social settings for fun. He was also a clean dresser, paying careful attention to the clothes he wore in order to flatter his physical form. In addition to this physical comfort, he is also emotionally comfortable with his...

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