Embodiment and disembodiment in phenomenology of medicine

How tend to be read and interpreted the body and corporeity by the disciplines that deal with them also in terms of care? There are different pespectives from which the body is viewed: while medicine presumes to offer an objective view, the person who experiences illness experiences it in a subjective way. Is it possible to identify a different way of observing, studying and understanding illness? Phenomenology seems to offer a more comprehensive view in this regard, since it makes it possible to develop – adopting, for example, the notion of intersubjectivity, which combines and overcomes the opposition between objective gaze and subjective perception – a different perspective and a different understanding of the body, also with respect to the condition of illness. In his reflection on the body, the flesh and illness, on embodiment and disembodiment, Havi Carel reshapes some important notions of phenomenology in order to shed light on the epistemological, ethical and social premises from which medicine moves in its approach to the study and treatment of illness and – through phenomenology – attempts to re-establish a form of ‘epistemic justice’.

Speaker: Havi Carel, University of Bristol

Discussant: Lucia Galvagni, FBK-ISR

Scientific Coordination: Massimo Leone, Direttore FBK-ISR


Cycle of seminars: “(Dis)Embodiment in Religion and Ethics”


The seminar will be held in English.

Registration is required by october 23 2023 at 9.00 am.



Fresco by Schweitzer


  • Guest Speaker
    Havi Carel is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol, where she also teaches medical students. Havi published on the embodied experience of illness, epistemic injustice in healthcare, vulnerability, wellbeing within illness, transformative experience, death, and on the experience of respiratory illness. She is the author of Illness (2008, 2013, 2018), Life and Death in Freud and Heidegger (2006) and Phenomenology of Illness (2016). She is the co-editor of Health, Illness and Disease (2012) and of What Philosophy Is (2004). She has recently been awarded a £2.6m Wellcome Discovery Award, for a project on epistemic injustice in health care (EPIC). In 2020 she completed a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award, leading the Life of Breath project. Havi won the IJPS 2021 PERITIA Prize for her paper ‘When Institutional Opacity Meets Individual Vulnerability: Institutional Testimonial Injustice’ (co-author I. Kidd), published in International Journal of Philosophical Studies.


Registration to this event is mandatory.

Registration closed on 23/10/2023.



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