Chapter

I eat, therefore I am not

Grant Gillett

in The Mind and its Discontents

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780199237548
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754555 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199237548.003.0011

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

I eat, therefore I am not

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Anorexia is a quest for lightness of being, the meaning of which shapes the performative identity of its sufferers. The shaping of the soul and/or body in anorexia and the eating disorders is a reaction to the strains of living in a world of nature according to impossible discursive demands. The elements of the psyche are both the demons driving our behaviour so that our biological nature is sustained but also signals with significance. Anorexia is a quintessentially postmodern disorder because it can only be understood as a reaction of an embodied subject to the construction of a woman according to the valorizations and legitimations of post-classical modernism.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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