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  • 1.
    Gunnarson, Martin
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Svenaeus, FredrikSödertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    The Body as Gift, Resource, and Commodity: Exchanging Organs, Tissues, and Cells in the 21st Century2012Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Departing from three metaphors—the body as gift, resource, and commodity—the book explores the contemporary exchange of organs, tissues, and cells. Although the gift is the sanctioned metaphor for donating parts of the body, the underlying perspective from the side of states, authorities, and the medical establishment often seems to be that the body shall be understood as a resource. But medicine, as some of the contributors to this book show, is not sealed off from the market economy. Increasingly, therefore, body parts become commodities on legal as well as illegal markets.

    The chapters of the book are arranged in a way that presents, one after the other, the three metaphors of the body, starting with the body as gift, proceeding by way of the body as resource, and ending in the body as commodity. Although all three metaphors as ways of conceptualizing and making use of the human body can be found throughout human history, the present drive of commercialization will increasingly force us to identify and scrutinize the way these metaphors are used. Not only in addressing the fascinating question of what kind of an object (subject) the human body is, but also in trying to decipher what interests lurk behind the use of the metaphors in question when claiming that human bodies, organs, tissues, and cells are gifts, resources or commodities. The ambition of this volume is to address and remedy the need of a hermeneutics not only of depth, but also of suspicion, in the case of organ transplantation and other medical technologies involving the transfer of human tissues and cells.

  • 2.
    Hofmann, Bjørn
    et al.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Gjøvik, Norway / University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    How medical technologies shape the experience of illness2018In: Life, ISSN 2195-7819, E-ISSN 2195-7819, Vol. 14, no 1, article id 3Article in journal (Refereed)
    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.

  • 3. Olin Lauritzen, Sonja
    et al.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, Institutionen för medier, konst och filosofi, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Introduktion: Vardagsvärlden och medicinen2004In: När människan möter medicinen: livsvärldens och berättelsens betydelse för förståelsen av sjukdom och medicinsk teknologi / [ed] Sonja Olin Lauritzen, Fredrik Svenaeus & Ann-Christine Jonsson, Stockholm: Carlsson , 2004, p. 9-29Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 4. Olin Lauritzen, Sonja
    et al.
    Svenaeus, FredrikSödertörn University, Institutionen för medier, konst och filosofi, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.Jonsson, Ann-Christin
    När människan möter medicinen: livsvärldens och berättelsens betydelse för förståelsen av sjukdom och medicinsk teknologi2004Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    A Heideggerian defense of therapeutic cloning.2007In: Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, ISSN 1386-7415, E-ISSN 1573-0980, Vol. 28, no 1, p. 31-62Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Debates about the legitimacy of embryonic stem-cell research have largely focused on the type of ethical value that should be accorded to the human embryo in vitro. In this paper, I try to show that, to broaden the scope of these debates, one needs to articulate an ontology that does not limit itself to biological accounts, but that instead focuses on the embryo's place in a totality of relevance surrounding and guiding a human practice. Instead of attempting to substantiate the ethical value of the embryo exclusively by pointing out that it has potentiality for personhood, one should examine the types of practices in which the embryo occurs and focus on the ends inherent to these practices. With this emphasis on context, it becomes apparent that the embryo's ethical significance can only be understood by elucidating the attitudes that are established towards it in the course of specific activities. The distinction between fertilized embryos and cloned embryos proves to be important in this contextual analysis, since, from the point of view of practice, the two types of embryos appear to belong to different human practices: (assisted) procreation and medical research, respectively. In my arguments, I highlight the concepts of practice, technology, and nature, as they have been analyzed in the phenomenological tradition, particularly by Martin Heidegger. I come to the conclusion that therapeutic cloning should be allowed, provided that it turns out to be a project that benefits medical science in its aim to battle diseases. Important precautions have to be taken, however, in order to safeguard the practice of procreation from becoming perverted by the aims and attitudes of medical science when the two practices intersect. The threat in question needs to be taken seriously, since it concerns the structure and goal of practices which are central to our very self understanding as human beings.

  • 6.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, Avdelning 1, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    A Phenomenological Analysis of the Concepts of Handicap and Illness2003In: Dimensions of health and health promotion / [ed] Lennart Nordenfelt, Per-Erik Liss, Amsterdam: Rodopi , 2003, p. 97-109Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    ADHD som en samtida kulturdiagnos2015In: Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, ISSN 0037-833X, no 1, p. 56-62Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    I artikeln görs ett försök att visa, inte hur ADHD-diagnosen har skapats av den västerländska kulturen, utan snarare hur ADHD har blivit en viktig del av vår samtida senmoderna kultur. Kulturella faktorer kan utan tvekan bidra till att en psykiatrisk diagnos blir vanligare eller ovanligare i ett samhälle över tid, och den kraftfulla ökning av antalet diagnosticerade fall av ADHD som ägt rum i Sverige och övriga västvärlden de sista trettio åren är förmodligen, åtminstone delvis, kulturell till sin natur. Men oavsett vilka de diagnosdrivande faktorerna är har neuropsykiatriska begrepp och modeller också kommit att prägla vårt sätt att uppfatta och tolka varandra som människor i olika vardagliga sammanhang under 2000-talet. På detta sätt är ADHD en kulturdiagnos och i artikeln utforskas hur ADHD-diagnosen numera inte bara är ett stigma eller ett sätt att komma i åtnjutande av resurser, utan också en form av identitet.

  • 8. Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Alexithymia: A Phenomenological Approach1999In: Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, ISSN 1071-6076, E-ISSN 1086-3303, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 71-82Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper proposes a phenomenological understanding of alexithymia. The disturbance -- an inability to express feelings -- is presented, and conceptual problems concerning the diagnosis and theories of its etiology are discussed. In a survey of the clinical literature, explanatory theories suggested in the fields of neurophysiology and psychoanalysis are scrutinized. Three territories that fail to relate to each other in a proper way in the alexithymic personality type -- language, feeling, and body -- are by these means identified. In order to reach a coherent understanding of alexithymia, a phenomenological interpretation is developed with the aid of the philosophy of Martin Heidegger. The hermeneutics of "being-in-the-world" that Heidegger outlines in his first important work, Sein und Zeit, is utilized to find a connection between body, feeling, and language as meaning-structuring phenomena. The "worldliness" of the alexithymic person is understood as a defective form of attunement, similar to what Heidegger develops as das Man. The analysis of this form of being-in-the-world makes it possible to understand alexithymia as a defective meaning structure that embraces the social communion of language as well as the living body of...

  • 9.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Anorexia Nervosa and the Body Uncanny: A Phenomenological Approach2013In: Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, ISSN 1071-6076, E-ISSN 1086-3303, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 81-91Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Anorexia nervosa is a disorder that is closely related to questions of selfhood and social roles. The pursuit of excessive thinness is part of a search for identity in which the control of the body—its size and needs— becomes central. This need for control appears to be triggered by a state of bodily alienation in which the body is perceived to be foreign and horrifying to its bearer. The relentless dieting and excessive exercise pursued by the anorexic person eventually leads to a state of starvation in which the relationship of control between the person and her body becomes reversed: the body now controls the thoughts, feelings and actions of the anorexic person in an uncanny and life threatening way. In this paper an attempt is made to better understand the ways in which the body becomes alien in anorexia nervosa by way of a phenomenological analysis. The analysis is exemplified and supported by stories told by girls suffering from the illness. The aim of the paper is to show that anorexia nervosa is neither a bodily dysfunction, nor a cultural product, only. Rather, the disorder is best understood as an illness in which the autonomous nature of one’s own body becomes overwhelming in a fatal and characteristic way. The different ways of becoming bodily alienated interact in anorexia in establishing an uncanniness of the body that is both conspicuous—to people around the ill person—and hard to escape—for the person herself.

  • 10.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Att förändra sig själv: Tabletter eller psykoterapi?2009In: Psykoterapeutens och psykoanalytikerns praktiska kunskap / [ed] Nilsson, Christian, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola , 2009, 1, p. 120-147Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Att inte kunna sluta.: Datorspel och meningen med livet2017In: Samtider: Perspektiv på 2000-talets idéhistoria / [ed] Anders Burman och Lena Lennerhed, Göteborg: Daidalos, 2017, p. 327-344Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Autonomi och empati: två missbrukade och missförstådda ideal2011In: Omtankar: Praktisk kunskap i äldreomsorg / [ed] Lotte Alsterdal, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola , 2011, p. 194-219Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Dan Zahavi: Self and Other: Exploring Subjectivity, Empathy, and Shame2016In: Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, ISSN 0047-2662, E-ISSN 1569-1624, Vol. 47, no 1, p. 83-89Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 14. Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Das unheimliche: towards a phenomenology of illness2000In: Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, ISSN 1386-7423, E-ISSN 1572-8633, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 3-16Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    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.

  • 15.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    De skakades solidaritet.: Om filosofen Jan Patocka2017In: Dixikon, ISSN 2001-1768, no 27 novemberArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 16.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    De vill förvandla människan till ett datorprogram2017In: Svenska Dagbladet, ISSN 1101-2412, no 2 juli, p. 18-19Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 17.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Depression and the Self: Bodily Resonance and Attuned Being-in-the-World2013In: Journal of consciousness studies, ISSN 1355-8250, E-ISSN 2051-2201, Vol. 20, no 7-8, p. 15-32Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper will explore the relationship between selfhood and depression, by focusing upon the lived body’s capacity to “resonate” with the world and thus open up an “attuned” space of meaning. Persons will become differently tuned in different situations because they embody different patterns of resonance—what is most often referred to as different temperaments—but the self may also suffer from idiosyncrasies in mood profile that develop into deficiencies of resonance, making the person in question ill. In many cases of depression one might describe this as a being out of tune in the sense of being oversensitive to the sad, anxious and boring tune qualities of the world. This phenomenological model allows us to describe a spectrum of various normal sensitivities which might favor certain moods over others, but also to identify pathologies, like depression, in which the body is out of tune and makes the being-in-the-world overwhelmingly unhomelike.

  • 18.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Diagnos som befriar2013In: Modern psykologi, ISSN 2000-4087, no 6, p. 40-43Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 19.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Diagnosing mental disorders and saving the normal: American Psychiatric Association, 2013. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, 5th ed. American Psychiatric Publishing: Washington, DC. 991 pp., ISBN: 978-0890425558. Price: $122.702014In: Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, ISSN 1386-7423, E-ISSN 1572-8633, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 241-244Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Do antidepressants affect the self?: A phenomenological approach2007In: Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, ISSN 1386-7423, E-ISSN 1572-8633, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 153-66Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, I explore the questions of how and to what extent new antidepressants (selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs) could possibly affect the self. I do this by way of a phenomenological approach, using the works of Martin Heidegger and Thomas Fuchs to analyze the roles of attunement and embodiment in normal and abnormal ways of being-in-the-world. The nature of depression and anxiety disorders - the diagnoses for which treatment with antidepressants is most commonly indicated - is also explored by way of this phenomenological approach, as are the basic structures of self-being. Special attention is paid in the analysis to the moods of boredom, anxiety and grief, since they play fundamental roles in depression and anxiety disorders and since their intensity and frequency appear to be modulated by antidepressants. My conclusion is that the effect of these drugs on the self can be thought of in terms of changes in self-feeling, or, more precisely, self-vibration of embodiment. I present the idea of a spectrum of bodily resonance, which extends from the normal resonance of the lived body, in which the body is able to pick up a wide range of different moods; continuing over various kinds of sensitivities, preferences and idiosyncrasies, in which certain moods are favored over others; to cases that we unreservedly label pathologies, in which the body is severely out of tune, or even devoid of tune and thus useless as a tool of resonance. Different cultures and societies favor slightly differently attuned self-styles as paradigmatic of the normal and good life, and the popularity of the SSRIs can therefore be explained, not only by defects of embodiment, but also by the presence of certain cultural norms in our contemporary society.

  • 21.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Döden går att dela: viktig bok om den svåra vården. [Recension av: Mazzarella, Merete, Den goda beröringen : om kropp, hälsa, vård och litteratur]2006In: Axess, ISSN 1651-0941, Vol. Annex, vår, p. 43-44Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 22.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Edith Stein’s phenomenology of sensual and emotional empathy2018In: Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, ISSN 1568-7759, E-ISSN 1572-8676, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 741-760Article in journal (Refereed)
    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)

  • 23.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, Avdelning 1, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Efterord2003In: Den gåtfulla hälsan: essäer och föredrag, Ludvika: Dualis , 2003, p. 201-210Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 24.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, Avdelning 1, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Embryot - människa eller produkt?2003In: Människa eller material?: fem forskare diskuterar etiska och juridiska aspekter på stamcellsforskning / [ed] Monika Starendal, Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet , 2003, p. 30-39Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 25.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Empathy as a necessary condition of phronesis: a line of thought for medical ethics2014In: Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, ISSN 1386-7423, E-ISSN 1572-8633, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 293-299Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Empathy is a thing constantly asked for and stressed as a central skill and character trait of the good physician and nurse. To be a good doctor or a good nurse one needs to be empathic-one needs to be able to feel and understand the needs and wishes of patients in order to help them in the best possible way, in a medical, as well as in an ethical sense. The problem with most studies of empathy in medicine is that empathy is poorly defined and tends to overlap with other related things, such as emotional contagion, sympathy, or a caring personality in general. It is far from clear how empathy fits into the general picture of medical ethics and the framework of norms that are most often stressed there, such as respect for autonomy and beneficience. How are we to look upon the role and importance of empathy in medical ethics? Is empathy an affective and/or cognitive phenomenon only, or does it carry moral significance in itself as a skill and/or virtue? How does empathy attain moral importance for medicine? In this paper I will attempt to show that a comparison with the Aristotelian concept of phronesis makes it easier to see what empathy is and how it fits into the general picture of medical ethics. I will argue that empathy is a basic condition and source of moral knowledge by being the feeling component of phronesis, and, by the same power, it is also a motivation for acting in a good way.

  • 26.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Empatins fenomenologi2017In: Ad Marciam / [ed] Hans Ruin & Jonna Bornemark, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2017, p. 379-388Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    En nattens filosofi: Jan Patočkas essäer uppsöker upplysningens skuggsidor. [Recension av: Patočka, Jan, Kätterska essäer om historiens filosofi]2006In: Axess, ISSN 1651-0941, no Annex, höst, p. 36-37Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 28.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    En revolution för reproduktionen2014In: Svenska Dagbladet, ISSN 1101-2412, no 18 juniArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 29.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Evidensbaseringsrörelsen och det goda omdömet: en kritisk betraktelse2010In: Ikaros : tidskrift om människan och vetenskapen, ISSN 1796-1998, no 2, p. 33-38Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 30.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, Avdelning 1, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Fenomenologiska perspektiv på hälsa och sjukdom2002In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, Vol. 99, no 6, p. 540-4Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 31. Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Filosofi som xenologi: främlingsskap som tema i nya fenomenologiska studier2001In: Filosofisk tidskrift, ISSN 0348-7482, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 55-63Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 32. Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Freud’s Philosophy of the Uncanny1999In: Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, ISSN 0106-2301, E-ISSN 1600-0803, Vol. 22, p. 239-254Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper is an attempt to uncover and bring to a coherent interpretation Freud´s thoughts on the phenomenon of uncanniness. Starting out with the essay "The uncanny" the author wants to show that uncanniness plays an important role in the turn that Freud´s thinking goes through at this time, and that the concept can serve as a springboard for a critical, phenomenological reading of Freud´s thoughts on the development of the ego. The analysis of the phenomenon of uncanniness itself tends to disrupt the coherence of Freud´s earlier views and pushes him towards his later thinking. "Unheimlich" in German has the double meaning of uncanny and unhomelike, and what is not at home in itself in an uncanny sense, according to Freud, is precisely the human ego. Freud, in "The uncanny" links the interpretation of uncanniness to compulsive repetition and thus makes the connection to trauma and birth anxiety discussed in later works such as "Beyond the pleasure principle" and "Inhibitions, symptoms and anxiety". The origin of our general sensitivity to the uncanny is thus, according to Freud, the loss of the mother suffered by the child as a kind of a priori traumatic experience, which is also the very event that makes the child into an ego. The understanding of traumatic neuroses and other forms of mental illness is consequently linked to an analysis of this uncanniness of life.

  • 33.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, Avdelning 1, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Fronesis - en hermeneutisk dygd2003In: Erfarenhetens rum och vägar: 24 texter om kunskap och arbete : en vänbok till Ingela Josefson / [ed] Eva Erson och Lisa Öberg, Botkyrka: Mångkulturellt centrum , 2003, p. 61-74Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 34. Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Fysiologen Nietzsche2000In: Res publica (Goteborg), ISSN 0282-6062, no 48-50, p. 319-329Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 35.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Gadamer2012In: Filosofi och medicin: från Platon till Foucault / [ed] Lennart Nordenfelt, Stockholm: Thales, 2012Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 36.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, Institutionen för medier, konst och filosofi, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Gadamerian Hermeneutics of Medicine: A Phenomenology of Health and Illness2005In: Between Description and Interpretation: the hermeneutic turn in phenomenology / [ed] Andrzej Wierciński, Toronto: Hermeneutic Press , 2005, p. 169-187Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 37.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, Institutionen för medier, konst och filosofi, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Heidegger och sjukdomens fenomenologi2005In: Sjukdomsvärldar: om människors erfarenhet av kroppslig ohälsa / [ed] Bengt Richt, Gunilla Tegern, Lund: Studentlitteratur , 2005, p. 51-68Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 38. Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Heideggers stämningsbegrepp1997In: Fenomenologiska perspektiv / [ed] Aleksander Orlowski och Hans Ruin, Stockholm: Thales , 1997, p. 142-170Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 39.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Hermeneutics2012In: Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics: vol. 2 / [ed] Ruth Chadwick, London: Academic Press, 2012, 2, p. 574-581Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 40.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Hermeneutics, health and medicine2015In: Routledge Companion to Hermeneutics / [ed] Gander, H-H. and Malpas, J., London: Routledge, 2015, p. 550-560Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 41. Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Hermeneutics of clinical practice: the question of textuality.2000In: Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, ISSN 1386-7415, E-ISSN 1573-0980, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 171-89Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article I scrutinize the question whether clinical medicine, in order to be considered a hermeneutical enterprise, must be thought of as a reading of different "texts." Three different proposals for a definition of the concept of text in medicine, suggested by other hermeneuticians, are discussed. All three proposals are shown to be unsatisfying in various ways. Instead of attempting to find a fourth definition of the concept of text suitable to a hermeneutics of medicine, I then try to show that the assumption that one needs to operate with the concept of text in order to develop a hermeneutics of medicine is false. Clinical interpretation can be shown to essentially consist in a dialogical hermeneutics, the pattern of which can be found in the philosophy of Hans-Georg Gadamer. This kind of hermeneutics is not a methodology of text reading, but an ontological, phenomenological hermeneutics in which understanding is a necessary feature of the being-together of human beings in the world. This being-together in and through language takes on a peculiar form in the clinical encounter, since the medical meeting is typically characterized by an asymmetrical enstrangement and has a specific goal--health for the patient--absent in other forms of hermeneutics. Central issues of Gadamer's philosophy, e.g. "fusion of horizons," are shown to fit the structure of clinical practice.

  • 42.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, Avdelning 1, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Hermeneutics of medicine in the wake of Gadamer: the issue of phronesis.2003In: Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, ISSN 1386-7415, E-ISSN 1573-0980, Vol. 24, no 5, p. 407-31Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The relevance of the Aristotelian concept of phronesis--practical wisdom--for medicine and medical ethics has been much debated during the last two decades. This paper attempts to show how Aristotle's practical philosophy was of central importance to Hans-Georg Gadamer and to the development of his philosophical hermeneutics, and how, accordingly, the concept of phronesis will be central to a Gadamerian hermeneutics of medicine. If medical practice is conceived of as an interpretative meeting between doctor and patient with the aim of restoring the health of the latter, then phronesis is the mark of the good physician, who through interpretation comes to know the best thing to do for this particular patient at this particular time. The potential fruitfulness of this hermeneutical appropriation of phronesis for the field of medical ethics is also discussed. The concept can be (and has been) used in critiques of the conceptualization of bioethics as the application of principle-based theory to clinical situations, since Aristotle's point is exactly that problems of praxis cannot be approached in this way. It can also point the way for alternative forms of medical ethics, such as virtue ethics or a phenomenological and hermeneutical ethics. The latter alternative would have to address the phenomena of health and the good life as issues for medical practice. It would also have to map out in detail the terrain of the medical meeting and the acts of interpretation through which phronesis is exercised.

  • 43.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Homo patologicus: Medicinska diagnoser i vår tid2013Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Diagnoser som ångestsyndrom, depression, ADHD, fetma och datorspelsberoende har snabbt ökat i omfattning och de är intimt sammankopplade med den tid vi lever i. Varför har det blivit så svårt att sluta? Sluta oroa sig. Sluta förtvivla. Sluta äta. Sluta stöka. Sluta spela. Varför kan vissa men inte andra låta bli? Och när beror det på att man är sjuk?

    Med utgångspunkt i egna erfarenheter och ett skärskådande av forskningsläget om olika diagnoser tar författaren pulsen på vår samtid. Människan har alltid varit en lidande varelse. Nu lider hon också på den medicinska vetenskapens vis, som en ”homo patologicus”. Men vad är egentligen en medicinsk diagnos? Varför har diagnoser blivit så viktiga för oss i vårt vardagsliv? Vilken betydelse får psykiatriska diagnosmanualer som DSM för vår syn på människan och hur hon skall hjälpas i hälso- och sjukvården?

  • 44.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Illness as Unhomelike Being-in-the-World: Heidegger and the Phenomenology of Medicine2011In: Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, ISSN 1386-7423, E-ISSN 1572-8633, Vol. 14, no 3, p. 333-343Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, an attempt is made to develop an understanding of the essence of illness based on a reading of Martin Heidegger’s pivotal work Being and Time. The hypothesis put forward is that a phenomenology of illness can be carried out by highlighting the concept of otherness in relation to meaningfulness. Otherness is here to be understood as a foreignness that permeates the ill life when the lived body takes on alien qualities. A further specification of this kind of otherness can be found by the concept of unhomelike being-in-the-world. Health, in contrast to this frustrating unhomelikeness, is a homelike being-in-the-world in which the lived body in most cases has a transparent quality as the point of access to the world in understanding activities. The paper then proposes that the temporal structure of illness can be conceptualized as an alienation of past and future, whereby one’s past and future appear alien, compared with what was the case before the onset of illness. The remainder of the paper follows two paths as regards the temporality of illness. The first path explores the temporality of the body in relation to the temporality of the being-in-the-world of the self. One way of understanding the alienating character of illness is that nature, as the temporality of our bodies, ceases to obey our attempts to make sense of phenomena: the time of the body no longer fits into the time of the self. The second path explored in the paper is the one of narrativity. When we make sense of the present, in relation to our future and past, we do so in a special manner, namely, by structuring our experiences in the form of stories. Illness breaks in on us as a rift in these stories, necessitating a retelling of the past and a re-envisioning of the future, in an effort to address and change their alienated character. These stories, however, never allow us to leave the silent otherness of our bodies behind. They are stories nurtured by the time of nature at the heart of our existence. It is then claimed that the idea of life being a story must be understood in a metaphorical sense and an exploration of how phenomenology addresses the metaphoric quality of its conceptuality is ushered. It is pointed out that metaphors can be systematically related to each other and that they always have a founding ground in the orientation and basic activities of the lived body. If the concepts used in working out a phenomenological theory of health and illness are, to a certain extent, metaphorical, one could, therefore, nevertheless, claim that the metaphoric qualities of the phenomenological concepts are primary in referring back to the lived body and the way it inhabits the world.

  • 45. Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Jan Patočkas Europa1994In: Montage: kulturanalys, ISSN 0280-9311, no 35-36Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 46.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Jenny Slatman: Our Strange Body: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Medical Intervention2015In: Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, ISSN 0047-2662, E-ISSN 1569-1624, Vol. 46, no 1, p. 135-138Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 47. Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Joel-Peter Witkin and the Sublime1993In: Katalog : journal of photography & video, ISSN 0904-2334, Vol. 6, no 1Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 48.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Kroppen som gåva, resurs eller vara: Transplantationsetiska dilemman2013In: Kroppen i humanioraperspektiv / [ed] Palm, Anders och Stenström, Johan, Lund: Makadam Förlag, 2013, p. 53-67Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 49.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Känslornas kunskap: Exemplet emotionell intelligens2009In: Vad är praktisk kunskap? / [ed] Jonna Bornemark & Fredrik Svenaeus, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola , 2009, 1, p. 85-102Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 50.
    Svenaeus, Fredrik
    Södertörn University, Avdelning 1, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Kätterskt tänkande i strid med materialism: Jan Patočka2002In: Axess, ISSN 1651-0941, no 7, p. 25-27Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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