Body Matters : A Phenomenology of Sickness, Disease, and Illness
Written in a jargon-free way, Body Matters provides a clear and accessible phenomenological critique of core assumptions in mainstream biomedicine and explores ways in which health and illness are experienced and interpreted differently in various socio-historical situations. By drawing on the disciplines of literature, cultural anthropology, sociology, medical history, and philosophy, the authors attempt to dismantle common presuppositions we have about human afflictions and examine how the methods of phenomenology open up new ways to interpret the body and to re-envision therapy.
- Hardback | 206 pages
- 157.48 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
- 28 Jun 2008
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 1. Foundations Chapter 3 2. The Lived-Body Chapter 4 3. The Accelerated Body and Its Pathologies Chapter 5 4. The Sicknesses of Society Chapter 6 5. The Diseases of Medicine Chapter 7 6. The Agonies of Illness Chapter 8 7. Medicine and Phenomenology Chapter 9 8. Recovering Therapy Chapter 10 9. Conclusion
Body Matters is a unique and fascinating account of human afflictions in a world dominated by biomedical notions of disease and illness. In a truly interdisciplinary collaboration between philosophy and sociology, James and Kevin Aho use the insights of phenomenology to help us see ourselves and our afflictions in a more thoughtful way. -- Gesine Hearn, Idaho State University James and Kevin Aho have written an important book. * Metapsychology Online, March 2010 * The Ahos accomplish a remarkable feat. Their writing is lively and engaging while their observations are deep and important. This is the most insightful study of today's experience of health matters I have yet seen. -- Charles Guignon, University of South Florida The book is a great contribution to the critical literature on health and illnesses. It is unique in its attempt to apply Husserl and Heidegger to health and illness....It is elegantly written and filled with numerous examples illustrating the argumentation. * Springer Science and Business Media, August 3, 2010 * This book should be especially welcomed by those working within medical humanities, though not so much by philosophers and others interested in phenomenology...It brings together, even if in a much simplified way, a set of intuitions originating mainly in Edmund Husserl's phenomenology, neatly synthesizes and applies them to modern biomedicine with a critical intent. The outcome is comprehensive as far as the phenomenologically inspired divergent conceptualizations of pathological states of mind and body are concerned, and it is also often thought-provoking, well written and accessible to newcomers to the field. * The European Legacy - Toward New Paradigms *
About James A. Aho
James Aho is professor of sociology at Idaho State University. Kevin Aho is assistant professor of philosophy at Florida Gulf Coast University.