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Svenaeus, F. (2019). A Defense of the Phenomenological Account of Health and Illness. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 44(4), 459-478
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Defense of the Phenomenological Account of Health and Illness
2019 (English)In: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, ISSN 0360-5310, E-ISSN 1744-5019, Vol. 44, no 4, p. 459-478Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A large slice of contemporary phenomenology of medicine has been devoted to developing an account of health and illness that proceeds from the first-person perspective when attempting to understand the ill person in contrast and connection to the third-person perspective on his/her diseased body. A proof that this phenomenological account of health and illness, represented by philosophers, such as Drew Leder, Kay Toombs, Havi Carel, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Kevin Aho, and Fredrik Svenaeus, is becoming increasingly influential in philosophy of medicine and medical ethics is the criticism of it that has been voiced in some recent studies. In this article, two such critical contributions, proceeding from radically different premises and backgrounds, are discussed: Jonathan Sholl's naturalistic critique and Talia Welsh's Nietzschean critique. The aim is to defend the phenomenological account and clear up misunderstandings about what it amounts to and what we should be able to expect from it.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2019
Keywords
Nietzsche, health, illness, naturalism, phenomenology
National Category
Philosophy Medical Ethics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-38683 (URN)10.1093/jmp/jhz013 (DOI)000493013600005 ()31356662 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85070753642 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-08-06 Created: 2019-08-06 Last updated: 2019-12-03Bibliographically approved
Svenaeus, F. (2019). Det naturliga: en kritik av queerteorin, transhumanismen och det digitala livet. Möklinta: Gidlunds förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Det naturliga: en kritik av queerteorin, transhumanismen och det digitala livet
2019 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Möklinta: Gidlunds förlag, 2019. p. 200
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39831 (URN)9789178444076 (ISBN)9789178444151 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-01-13 Created: 2020-01-13 Last updated: 2020-01-13Bibliographically approved
Svenaeus, F. (2019). Dying Bodies and Dead Bodies: A Phenomenological Analysis of Dementia, Coma and Brain Death. In: Espen Dahl, Cassandra Falke, Thor Eirik Eriksen (Ed.), Phenomenology of the Broken Body: (pp. 215-231). Abingdon: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dying Bodies and Dead Bodies: A Phenomenological Analysis of Dementia, Coma and Brain Death
2019 (English)In: Phenomenology of the Broken Body / [ed] Espen Dahl, Cassandra Falke, Thor Eirik Eriksen, Abingdon: Routledge, 2019, p. 215-231Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In “Dying Bodies and Dead Bodies: A Phenomenological Analysis of Dementia, Coma, and Brain Death,” Fredrik Svenaeus investigates how we should look upon the death of persons and their bodies, especially in cases in which they appear to split ways. The chapter makes use of the work of Martin Heidegger, Hans Jonas and other phenomenologists to argue that although life and death are to be understood on a bodily level, the ontological and ethical analyses of dying need to be complemented by a phenomenology of how persons may gradually disappear in power of being constituted by bodily processes that are breaking down. In this analysis, a continuous scale of different levels of personhood is introduced and compared to some influential views on the essence of human being and death in contemporary medicine and bioethics.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Routledge, 2019
Series
Routledge Research in Phenomenology
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39833 (URN)10.4324/9780429462542-14 (DOI)9781138616004 (ISBN)9780429462542 (ISBN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 4/2014
Available from: 2020-01-13 Created: 2020-01-13 Last updated: 2020-01-13Bibliographically approved
Svenaeus, F. (2019). Queerteorins uppror mot den mänskliga naturen. Svenska dagbladet (8 juli), pp. 16-19
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Queerteorins uppror mot den mänskliga naturen
2019 (Swedish)In: Svenska dagbladet, ISSN 1101-2412, no 8 juli, p. 16-19Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Svenska dagbladet, 2019
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39835 (URN)
Available from: 2020-01-13 Created: 2020-01-13 Last updated: 2020-01-13Bibliographically approved
Svenaeus, F. (2019). To die well: the phenomenology of suffering and end of life ethics. Medicine, Health care and Philosophy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>To die well: the phenomenology of suffering and end of life ethics
2019 (English)In: Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, ISSN 1386-7423, E-ISSN 1572-8633Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The paper presents an account of suffering as a multi-level phenomenon based on concepts such as mood, being-in-the-world and core life value. This phenomenological account will better allow us to evaluate the hardships associated with dying and thereby assist health care professionals in helping persons to die in the best possible manner. Suffering consists not only in physical pain but in being unable to do basic things that are considered to bestow meaning on one's life. The suffering can also be related to no longer being able to be the person one wants to be in the eyes of others, to losing one's dignity and identity. These three types of suffering become articulated by a narrative that holds together and bestows meaning on the whole life and identity of the dying person. In the encounter with the patient, the health-care professional attempts to understand the suffering-experience of the patient in an empathic and dialogic manner, in addition to exploring what has gone wrong in the patient's body. Matters of physician assisted suicide and/or euthanasia-if it should be legalized and if so under which conditions-need to be addressed by understanding the different levels of human suffering and its positive counterpart, human flourishing, rather than stressing the respect for patient autonomy and no-harm principles, only. In this phenomenological analysis the notions of vulnerability and togetherness, ultimately connecting to the political-philosophical issues of how we live together and take care of each other in a community, need to be scrutinized.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2019
Keywords
Dying, Euthanasia, Narrative, Palliative care, Phenomenology, Suffering
National Category
Medical Ethics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-38920 (URN)10.1007/s11019-019-09914-6 (DOI)31463881 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85072048862 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-09-06 Created: 2019-09-06 Last updated: 2019-09-25Bibliographically approved
Svenaeus, F. (2019). Vår förlorade självkontroll. Dagens Arena (23 augusti)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vår förlorade självkontroll
2019 (Swedish)In: Dagens Arena, no 23 augustiArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [sv]

Kroppens natur och känsloliv är nyckeln till att förstå hur dataspel och sociala medier kan utöva en så stark lockelse och övergå till beroenden, framförallt för barn och ungdomar som har växt upp i en digitaliserad värld, skriver Fredrik Svenaeus i en essä om vår mänskliga natur.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Arenagruppen, 2019
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39834 (URN)
Available from: 2020-01-13 Created: 2020-01-13 Last updated: 2020-01-13Bibliographically approved
Svenaeus, F. (2018). Edith Stein’s phenomenology of sensual and emotional empathy. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 17(4), 741-760
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Edith Stein’s phenomenology of sensual and emotional empathy
2018 (English)In: Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, ISSN 1568-7759, E-ISSN 1572-8676, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 741-760Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents and explicates the theory of empathy found in Edith Stein’s early philosophy, notably in the book On the Problem of Empathy, published in 1917, but also by proceeding from complementary thoughts on bodily intentionality and intersubjectivity found in Philosophy of Psychology and the Humanities published in 1922. In these works Stein puts forward an innovative and detailed theory of empathy, which is developed in the framework of a philosophical anthropology involving questions of psychophysical causality, social ontology and moral philosophy. Empathy, according to Stein, is a feeling-based experience of another person’s feeling that develops throughout three successive steps on two interrelated levels. The key to understanding the empathy process á la Stein is to explicate how the steps of empathy are attuned in nature, since the affective qualities provide the energy and logic by way of which the empathy process is not only inaugurated but also proceeds through the three steps and carries meaning on two different levels corresponding to two different types of empathy: sensual and emotional empathy. Stein’s theory has great potential for better understanding and moving beyond some major disagreements found in the contemporary empathy debate regarding, for instance, the relation between perception and simulation, the distinction between what is called low-level and high-level empathy, and the issue of how and in what sense it may be possible to share feelings in the empathy process. © 2017 The Author(s)

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2018
Keywords
Edith Stein, Empathy, Lived body, Phenomenology, Philosophy of emotion, Sympathy
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33740 (URN)10.1007/s11097-017-9544-9 (DOI)000440136800006 ()2-s2.0-85033379823 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-11-24 Created: 2017-11-24 Last updated: 2020-03-26Bibliographically approved
Svenaeus, F. (2018). Heidegger’s Philosophy of Technology and the Perils of Medicalization (1ed.). In: Kevin Aho (Ed.), Existential Medicine: Essays on Health and Illness (pp. 131-144). London: Rowman & Littlefield International
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Heidegger’s Philosophy of Technology and the Perils of Medicalization
2018 (English)In: Existential Medicine: Essays on Health and Illness / [ed] Kevin Aho, London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018, 1, p. 131-144Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018 Edition: 1
Series
New Heidegger Research
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37061 (URN)978-1-78660-483-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-12-20 Created: 2018-12-20 Last updated: 2018-12-20Bibliographically approved
Hofmann, B. & Svenaeus, F. (2018). How medical technologies shape the experience of illness. Life Sciences, Society and Policy, 14(1), Article ID 3.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How medical technologies shape the experience of illness
2018 (English)In: Life Sciences, Society and Policy, ISSN 2195-7819, E-ISSN 2195-7819, Vol. 14, no 1, article id 3Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article we explore how diagnostic and therapeutic technologies shape the lived experiences of illness for patients. By analysing a wide range of examples, we identify six ways that technology can (trans)form the experience of illness (and health). First, technology may create awareness of disease by revealing asymptomatic signs or markers (imaging techniques, blood tests). Second, the technology can reveal risk factors for developing diseases (e.g., high blood pressure or genetic tests that reveal risks of falling ill in the future). Third, the technology can affect and change an already present illness experience (e.g., the way blood sugar measurement affects the perceived symptoms of diabetes). Fourth, therapeutic technologies may redefine our experiences of a certain condition as diseased rather than unfortunate (e.g. assisted reproductive technologies or symptom based diagnoses in psychiatry). Fifth, technology influences illness experiences through altering social-cultural norms and values regarding various diagnoses. Sixth, technology influences and changes our experiences of being healthy in contrast and relation to being diseased and ill. This typology of how technology forms illness and related conditions calls for reflection regarding the phenomenology of technology and health. How are medical technologies and their outcomes perceived and understood by patients? The phenomenological way of approaching illness as a lived, bodily being-in-the-world is an important approach for better understanding and evaluating the effects that medical technologies may have on our health, not only in defining, diagnosing, or treating diseases, but also in making us feel more vulnerable and less healthy in different regards.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central, 2018
Keywords
Disease, Illness, Phenomenology, Technology
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34572 (URN)10.1186/s40504-018-0069-y (DOI)29397458 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85041428217 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-02-09 Created: 2018-02-09 Last updated: 2020-04-02Bibliographically approved
Svenaeus, F. (2018). Human Suffering and Psychiatric Diagnosis. Bioethica Forum, 11(1), 4-10
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Human Suffering and Psychiatric Diagnosis
2018 (English)In: Bioethica Forum, ISSN 1662-6001, E-ISSN 1662-601X, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 4-10Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article aims at investigating and specifying the form of suffering that is characteristic of mental illness in relation to other forms of human suffering, such as political suffering, existential suffering, and bad luck suffering. It does so by making use of a theoretical framework found in phenomenological philosophy, according to which the flourishing or suffering of a person can be understood as an attuned and embodied being-in-the-world in and through which a person aims to realize core life values made meaningful by way of a life narrative. The importance of such a phenomenological analysis lies in pointing towards how contemporary psychiatry needs to involve the life world and life narrative of the patient to make a reliable and valid diagnosis and how such a phenomenological diagnostic approach can act as a counter movement to unnecessary medicalization in psychiatry. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Schwabe Verlag, 2018
Keywords
suffering, illness, psychiatry, phenomenology, medicalisation
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37062 (URN)
Available from: 2018-12-20 Created: 2018-12-20 Last updated: 2020-03-25Bibliographically approved
Projects
Kroppen som gåva, resurs och vara: organtransplantationer i Östersjöområdet [A014-2007_OSS]; Södertörn University; Publications
Gunnarson, M. (2019). The Simultaneous Embedment and Disembedment of Biomedicine: Intercorporeality and Patient Interaction at Hemodialysis Units in Riga and Stockholm. In: Nils Hansson and Jonatan Wistrand (Ed.), Explorations in Baltic Medical History, 1850-2015: (pp. 229-248). Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press
The Phenomenology of Suffering in Medicine: Explorations in the Baltic Sea Region [4/2014_OSS]; Södertörn University; Publications
Svenaeus, F. (2019). Dying Bodies and Dead Bodies: A Phenomenological Analysis of Dementia, Coma and Brain Death. In: Espen Dahl, Cassandra Falke, Thor Eirik Eriksen (Ed.), Phenomenology of the Broken Body: (pp. 215-231). Abingdon: RoutledgeAhlzén, R. (2019). Rapport av den empiriska delen av projektet The Phenomenology of Suffering in Medicine: Explorations in the Baltic Sea Region vid Södertörns högskola. Huddinge: Södertörns högskolaSvenaeus, F. (2015). Hermeneutics, health and medicine. In: Gander, H-H. and Malpas, J. (Ed.), Routledge Companion to Hermeneutics: (pp. 550-560). London: RoutledgeSvenaeus, F. (2015). På spaning efter det goda dödandet. Svenska Dagbladet (5 november)Svenaeus, F. (2015). The relationship between empathy and sympathy in good health care. Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, 18(2), 267-277Svenaeus, F. (2015). Vi har förlorat känslan för lidandet. Svenska Dagbladet (20 oktober)Svenaeus, F. (2014). Empathy as a necessary condition of phronesis: a line of thought for medical ethics. Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, 17(2), 293-299Svenaeus, F. (2014). Phenomenology. In: ten Have, Henk (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics: (pp. 1-10). Dordrecht: SpringerSvenaeus, F. (2014). The body uncanny: Alienation, illness, and anorexia nervosa. In: Zeiler, Kristin & Folkmarson Käll, Lisa (Ed.), Feminist phenomenology and medicine: (pp. 201-221). New York: SUNY PressSvenaeus, F. (2014). The phenomenology of empathy in medicine: an introduction. Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, 17(2), 245-248
The Role of Existential Philosophy in Health Care: The Cases of Germany, Denmark, and Sweden [4/2017_OSS]; Södertörn University
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