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Phenomenology of Illness

Havi Carel


The experience of illness is a universal and substantial part of human existence. Like death, illness raises important philosophical issues. But unlike death, illness, and in particular the experience of being ill, has received little philosophical attention. This may be because illness is often understood as a physiological process that falls within the domain of medical science and is thus outside the purview of philosophy. This volume claims that the experience of illness has been wrongly neglected by philosophers. It provides a distinctively philosophical account of illness. Using phenomen ... More

Keywords: phenomenology, illness, body, philosophy of medicine, healthcare, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, death, disease, Carel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199669653
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Havi Carel, author
University of Bristol