The bodies' wisdom
: Possibilities and challenges regarding the body as the basis for the art of living as self-care

  • Tim Barrie

Student thesis: Master's Thesis: Humanistic Studies


New perspectives in philosophy and science have given rise to an increasing interest in the body as the physical space where experience, knowledge and meaning are conceived. These developments, foreshadowed by various philosophical perspectives years beforehand, are now finding acknowledgement in recent scientific research, particularly in neuroscience. The current Humanistic art of living as a moral practice is concerned with self realisation, fostering meaning and the search for an authentic moral orientation. Up until now, the practice of the art of living has not taken the body into account regarding these concerns, and have not integrated philosophical theories which have been in favor of the primacy of the body as the locus for meaning and experience of life, as well as the discoveries found in neuroscience.

In this thesis, I propose a debate between the current art of living , interpreted as self-care by Joep Dohmen, and an important representative of the embodied perspective of self-care, Marc Van den Bossche. This debate will discuss the possibilities and challenges regarding an embodied variant to the art of living as self-care, in which the primacy of the body is proposed as the basis of this art.
Date of Award21 Jan 2022
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorAbdelilah Ljamai (Supervisor), Martien Schreurs (Supervisor) & van den M. Doel (Supervisor)

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