Chapter

That Within

Catherine Belling

in A Condition of Doubt

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892365
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199950096 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892365.003.0010
That Within

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This chapter examines the problematic relationship between hypochondria and biology (as material embodiment and as the discourse that allows us to think about it). It focuses on three challenges to medicine's reliance on objective evidence: hypochondria exposes the biocultural construction of interiority, both physical and mental; it engages questions of metarepresentation, challenging both doctor's and patient's sources of credibility and authority; and it disturbs the assumption that irrationality is necessarily pathological, suggesting with its persistent doubts that to worry may be entirely rational-but that accepting reassurance may nonetheless be mentally healthier.

Keywords: biology; biocultures; interiority; metarepresentation; authority; rationality

Chapter.  5761 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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