PHI 109 Medicine and the Self
Introduction to philosophical thinking about persons, subjectivity, and selfhood. Throughout the course we will try to make some philosophical sense out of the concept and expertise of illness. While illness is often thought to be a biological and natural phenomenon, this course will explore how the subjective experience of illness offers a different point of view on our understanding of medicine and health. In particular, we will explore how the experience of illness changes our experience of our bodies, our social world, and informs the meaning of our lives.