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Diabetes, Chronic Illness and the Bodily Roots of Ecstatic Temporality


Diabetes, Chronic Illness and the Bodily Roots of Ecstatic Temporality

Morris, David (2008) Diabetes, Chronic Illness and the Bodily Roots of Ecstatic Temporality. Human Studies: A Journal for Philosophy and the Social Sciences, 31 (4). pp. 399-421. ISSN 0163-8548

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This article studies the phenomenology of chronic illness in light of phenomenology’s insights into ecstatic temporality and freedom. It shows how a chronic illness can, in lived experience, manifest itself as a disturbance of our usual relation to ecstatic temporality and thence as a disturbance of freedom. This suggests that ecstatic temporality is related to another sort of time—“provisional time”—that is in turn rooted in the body. The article draws on Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception and Heidegger’s Being and Time, shedding light on the latter’s concept of ecstatic temporality. It also discusses implications for self-management of chronic illness, especially in children.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Philosophy
Item Type:Article
Authors:Morris, David
Journal or Publication:Human Studies: A Journal for Philosophy and the Social Sciences
Date:December 2008
Keywords:adherence; body; chronic illness; compliance; diabetes; ecstatic temporality; Merleau-Ponty; Heidegger; Being and Time; phenomenology
ID Code:6402
Deposited On:23 Oct 2009 19:11
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:28


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