Philosophical Foundations of Body and Health

The course will begin with an exploration of the conceptualisation of Body and the various philosophical themes that are related to it. This will be followed an exploration of the idea of Health and a study of the history of wellbeing. Discourses around illness, disease and cure as well as the concept of death will be studied as themes. The course will also study the relationship between landscape ecology and well-being in Indian traditions of healing. The place of body in discourses of Somatophobia, biomedical practices, and gender will foreground  an engagement with bio politics.