4. Bioethics

Embodied Ethics: From the Body as Specimen and Spectacle to the Body as Patient

  1. Frances E. Mascia-Lees
  1. Nora L. Jones

Published Online: 14 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444340488.ch4

A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment

A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment

How to Cite

Jones, N. L. (2011) Bioethics, in A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment (ed F. E. Mascia-Lees), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444340488.ch4

Editor Information

  1. Rutgers University, USA

Author Information

  1. Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405189491

Online ISBN: 9781444340488

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Keywords:

  • bioethics, embodied ethics - from body as specimen and spectacle to body as patient;
  • René Magritte's famous painting The Treachery of Images (La trahison des images);
  • underlying question, how do we come to know what we know - theory of communication;
  • Plato's position in allegory of cave - prisoners, seeing shadows, a “real” world;
  • relationships among selves, bodies, illness - and decision-making;
  • three key conceptions of body, in bioethics - generalized, ill or diseased body;
  • body as spectacle - isolated body parts back to whole bodies;
  • the body as patient;
  • symbolization, collective body of knowledge - about health and illness;
  • embodied ethics, and transformations to bioethics

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Body as Specimen

  • The Body as Spectacle

  • The Body as Patient

  • Conclusion: An Embodied, Enlivened, Bioethics

  • Acknowledgments

  • References