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Philosophy of the Body

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Philosophy of the Body

Cross Listed Courses


What is the relationship between mind, spirit, and body? What constitutes the boundaries between health and illness? Traditional Chinese philosophy and contemporary science and medicine have very different answers to these questions. In this course, students explore conceptions of the body in diverse contexts, with readings drawn from the fields of medical anthropology, literature, philosophy, religion, and gender studies. In the spirit of embodied practice, the course culminates in a week-long practicum in the Chinese martial arts tradition of xinyi (“heart and mind”).

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC]

Writing Credit

No writing designation

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Offering Frequency

Offered with varying frequency

Recommended Background

interest in history of science & medicine and / or Asian Studies