Our Strange Body

Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Medical Interventions

Jenny Slatman

Our Strange Body

Jenny Slatman

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

200 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9789089646477 Published September 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The ever increasing ability of medical technology to reshape the human body in fundamental ways—from organ and tissue transplants to reconstructive surgery and prosthetics—is something now largely taken for granted. But for a philosopher, such interventions raise fundamental and fascinating questions about our sense of individual identity and its relationship to the physical body. Drawing on and engaging with philosophers from across the centuries, Jenny Slatman here develops a novel argument: that our own body always entails a strange dimension, a strangeness that enables us to incorporate radical physical changes.
Contents
Contents
Preface & Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
The issue of identity: Being self and other
Social-scientif ic and ethical analyses of body modif ications
A phenomenology of identity
 
1. Heavy, Inanimate, and Nauseating Bodies
Carrying along our body
The fallen soul
Inanimate life
The modern soul
The soul that inhabits the stomach
Reality bracketed off
Sweating and blushing
 
2. Body Boundaries
Strange bones
Handiness, or handling one’s world
Body schema
Leib and Körper: Difference and unity
Tolerating the strange
Limits to tolerance
 
3. Mirror, Please Tell Me Who I Am
‘Oh my God, I look as hot as I feel’
Narcissism
Other Narcissuses
The power of the gaze
Own and strange in the mirror image
 
4. I Exist on the Outside
Turned inside out
The inner self as unassailable stronghold
Seen from the outside
Touch
Recognition without narcissism
 
5. My Strange I
Prosthetic wings
The speaking and spoken I
Thinking is speaking
For – sum
Living with intruders
What is strange and what is own
 
Epilogue
 
Works Cited
 
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
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