Body and Personhood

in Emotions and Personhood

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Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199660575
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191754784 | DOI:

Series: ippp (international perspectives in phlosophy and psychiatry)

Body and Personhood

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This chapter deals explicitly with two major issues of Ricoeur’s hermeneutic theory: body and personhood. The ambivalence of the notion of the body provides the theoretical foundation for Ricoeur’s account of narrative identity. It argues that in order to understand the theoretical and practical implications of Ricoeur’s narrative theory of personal identity we need to take seriously the more comprehensive hermeneutical account of human personhood in which the narrative solution is embedded. Ricoeur’s outlines this account as an ontology of care. To understand what it means to be a person, we must try to understand how a person’s concerns and values are both embedded in our biological constitution and developed by that person’s ongoing interaction with the otherness constitutive of who and what she is as a person, that is, the world, other people, and herself.

Chapter.  14920 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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