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Jean Starobinski: the history of medicine and the reasons of the body (2020)


This article sketches Jean Starobinski’s thought on the “reasons of the body” and asks what it may say concerning certain contemporary fields of research and the history of medicine. Current “turns” – the “interoceptive”, and the “affective” or “emotional” – claim to reintegrate the body into history, the humanities, and the neurocognitive sciences. Starobinski’s perspective helps understand their limits. Conversely, approaching his oeuvre from the vantage point of those “turns” highlights the link his critical enterprise operates between history and phenomenology, its sustained attention to the experience of the self and the consciousness of the body, and its demonstration of the inherent link between the “reasons of the body” and the expression that embodies them.

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Authors & Contributors
Basso, Elisabetta
Aragona, Massimiliano
Kurcgant, Daniela
Ayres, José Ricardo de Carvalho Mesquita
Tauber, Alfred I.
Huneman, Philippe
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
History of Psychiatry
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
University of Chicago Press
Harvard University
Fordham University Press
Editions EHESS
Philosophy of medicine
Philosophy of science
Mental disorders and diseases
Starobinski, Jean
Binswanger, Ludwig
Heidegger, Martin
Husserl, Edmund
Foucault, Michel
Mitscherlich, Alexander
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
United States

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