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Cultural Ontology of the Self in Pain

  • Siby K. George
  • P.G. Jung

Benefits

  • New essays on pain-experiences from the standpoint of cultural ontology

  • Studies on historical, gendered, ethical, political, cathartic and productive dimensions of pain

  • Original perspectives on dying, illness, self-loss, torture, medical eros, shame, dispossession and denial

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Siby K. George, P. G. Jung
    Pages 1-21
  3. Ontology of Pain

  4. Culture, Politics and Ethics of Pain

  5. Social Contexts of Pain

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 285-288

About this book

Introduction

The mainstream approach to the understanding of pain continues to be governed by the biomedical paradigm and the dualistic Cartesian ontology. This Volume brings together essays of scholars of literature, philosophy and history on the many enigmatic shades of pain-experience, mostly from an anti-Cartesian perspective of cultural ontology by scholars of literature, philosophy and history. A section of the essays is devoted to the socio-political dimensions of pain in the Indian context. The book offers a critical perspective on the reductive conceptions of pain and argue that non-substance ontology or cultural ontology supports a more humane and authentic understanding of pain.

The general ontological features of the self in pain and culturally imbued dimensions of pain-experience are, thus, brought together in a rare blend in this Volume. The essays dwell on the importance of understanding what cultural, social and political forces outside our control do to our pain-experience. They show why such understanding is necessary, both to humanely deal with pain, and to rectify erroneous approaches to pain-experience. They also explore the thoroughly ambivalent spaces between pain and pleasure, and the cathartic and productive dimensions of pain. The essays in this Volume investigate pain-experiences through the fresh lenses of history, gender, ethics, politics, death, illness, self-loss, torture, shame, dispossession and denial.

Keywords

Ambivalent character of pain Bentham and the sovereignty of pain Building radically different cultures of pain Critique of reductive conceptions of pain Eros as a central feature of selves and narrations Existential interpretation of pain Exorcism and catharsis Experience of pain in patriarchy Forced migration and pain Healing of the self in pain Narrative construction of selfhood Narrative, ethics, and pain Ontological structure of pain Ontology of the self Pain and catharsis Pain and pleasure in human existence Pain in feminist literature Pain narratives and influence on selves Recovery of the lost self in pain Shame as pain Therapeutic connotations of aufheben

Editors and affiliations

  • Siby K. George
    • 1
  • P.G. Jung
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesIndian Institute of Technology BombayPowai, MumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesIndian Institute of Technology BombayPowai, MumbaiIndia

About the editors

Siby K. George is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India. He has previously been Lecturer of Philosophy at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology, Silchar, Assam. His area of research is twentieth-century Continental Philosophy, and he writes on development, suffering, community, environment, selfhood, agency and the like from a critical-phenomenological perspective, paying special attention to non-western contexts. He is author of Heidegger and Development in the Global South (2015, Springer; series: Contributions to Phenomenology, 82). On the theme of pain and illness, he has published “Wellness in Illness” (Samyukta: A Journal of Women’s Studies XI:2, 2011). His paper “The Affected Subject and the Case of Individuating Pain” is slated to be part of a forthcoming collection of essays on consciousness, subjectivity and otherness.

P. G. Jung is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai, India. He is currently Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. His publications are largely in the field of philosophy of language, history of ideas, and the philosophy of everydayness. His two manuscripts, “Reading Wittgenstein all over again” and “Conceptualizing corruption through the corruptibilit

y of the self,” are currently being readied for publication.

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