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Being Born: Birth and Philosophy

Alison Stone


This book gives the first systematic philosophical account of how being born shapes our condition as human beings. Drawing on both feminist philosophy and the existentialist project of inquiring into the structure of meaningful human existence, the book explores how human existence is natal, that is, is shaped by the way that we are born. Taking natality into account transforms our view of human existence and illuminates how many of its aspects hang together and are connected with our birth. These aspects include dependency; the relationality of the self; vulnerability; reception and inheritan ... More

Keywords: Birth, natality, mortality, dependency, vulnerability, power, contingency, anxiety, temporality, situatedness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198845782
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198845782.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Stone, author
Lancaster University