Philosophy and Ethics of the Body

  • Barbara MaierEmail author
  • Warren A. Shibles†
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 47)


The medical system as part of culture is based on culture and morals, and so are the concepts of the body. Man has a body and is his/her body at the same time. Plessner called it the “excentricity of man,” the double aspect of one’s existence as body and as “Leib.” The latter is being one’s body in all dimensions conceivable, living to the full, stressing social relations, communication and exchange. Body language is expressing the body, implies language, is “leibhaftig”, language embodied. It is narrative medicine of bodies. One can speak of the personally understood body in relationships, as one’s own body, as the body of a beloved person, a person you care for (as a mother for her child, a physician for his patient, etc.), the body of every human person.


Body person paradigms of the body self selves body language personality the un-philosophical body the philosophical body Leib ethics of the body 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Gynecology and ObstetricsParacelsus Medical University SALKSalzburgAustria
  2. 2.University of Wisconsin–WhitewaterWhitewaterUSA

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