Friday 29 March the next seminar about body history will take place. We welcome Prof. Dr Jenny Slatman, professor of Medical Humanities at Tilburg University. The title of her talk is Rethinking embodiment in health and medicine.
Explanation models used in both biomedical sciences and clinical practices are very often based on either a dualistic or a monistic way of reasoning. In her talk, Slatman will analyze these ways of reasoning while first retracing their roots in the philosophy of Descartes and De Lamettrie. Secondly, she will explain how these philosophers’ logics cause real-world problems. Finally, she will discuss how to develop an alternative way of reasoning beyond both mind-body dualism and body-brain monism, while taking seriously the question what it means that we are embodied beings.
If you wish, you can read the following article in advance Slatman, J. (2018). Reclaiming embodiment in medically unexplained symptoms. In K. Aho (ed.). Existential Medicine: Essays on Health and Illness. Rowman & Littlefield, p. 101-114.