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SubjectivityEthnographic Investigations$
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Joao Biehl, Byron Good, and Arthur Kleinman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247925

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247925.001.0001

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The Vanishing Subject

The Vanishing Subject

The Many Faces of Subjectivity

(p.34) 1 The Vanishing Subject

AmÉlie Oksenberg Rorty

University of California Press

This chapter outlines the history of several philosophical insights that have shaped present understandings of subjectivity and the subject, presenting a reworking of morality, intersubjectivity, and social responsibility and considering the problem connected to “listening to the subject.” It also discusses the fragmented and recycled history of the idea of subjectivity, as well as assessing the modern focus on subjectivity in the anthropology of medicine and medical ethics. The chapter furthermore offers “respect” as an effective conceptual tool for studying the conflicting power relations, meanings, aims, and desires of the subject.

Keywords:   philosophical insights, morality, intersubjectivity, social responsibility, medicine, medical ethics, respect, power relations

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