The Embodied Conception of the Self

Daniel C. Russell

in Happiness for Humans

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583683
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745713 | DOI:
The Embodied Conception of the Self

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This chapter articulates and clarifies the conception of activity as embodied in relationships and projects that make one’s life recognizable as one’s own. It focuses on serious life-changes and especially loss, examining research suggesting that the loss of bodily function or a loved one is often experienced as changing one’s sense of oneself. Such an experience illuminates the idea of one’s activity as “embodied” in one’s life-shaping relationships and projects.

Keywords: activity; assumptive world; bereavement; bodily change; body image; body schema; Shaun Gallagher; grief; C. S. Lewis; Maurice Merleau-Ponty; Maurice; psychological identity; psychosocial transitions; self

Chapter.  9453 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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