The Body as Alien, Unhomelike, and Uncanny: Some Further Clarifications

Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 20 (1):99-101 (2013)
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I want to thank the commentators for bringing the phenomenological analysis of anorexia that I attempted in my article yet some steps further. Phenomenology of illness is a young field and in the case of anorexia there remains much to be said and done. ‘Capturing the “double experience,” the paradoxicality embodied in anorexia,’ was exactly my aim and I am grateful to Drew Leder for bringing home many of my points in such an explicit and systematic manner (Leder 2013, 94). Dr. Leder’s study The Absent Body, published already in 1990, is one of the earliest and most important attempts to understand the ways of the body in illness from a phenomenological perspective, an attempt that has been central to my own ..

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