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Das unheimliche: towards a phenomenology of illness
2000 (English)In: Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, ISSN 1386-7423, E-ISSN 1572-8633, Vol. 3, no 1, 3-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this article I aim at developing a phenomenology of illness through a critical interpretation of the works of Sigmund Freud and Martin Heidegger. The phenomenon of "Unheimlichkeit"--uncanniness and unhomelikeness--is demonstrated not only to play a key role in the theories of Freud and Heidegger, but also to constitute the essence of the experience of illness. Two different modes of unhomelikeness--"The mind uncanny" and "The world uncanny"--are in this connection explored as constitutive parts of the phenomenon of illness. The consequence I draw from this analysis is that the mission of health care professionals must be not only to cure diseases, but actually, through devoting attention to the being-in-the-world of the patient, also to open up possible paths back to homelikeness. This mission can only be carried out if medicine acknowledges the basic importance of the meaning-realm of the patient's life--his or her life-world characteristics.

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2000. Vol. 3, no 1, 3-16 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-7636PubMedID: 11080964OAI: diva2:408016
Available from: 2011-04-01 Created: 2011-04-01 Last updated: 2016-10-10Bibliographically approved

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