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In this original and compelling book, Jeffrey P. Bishop, a philosopher, ethicist, and physician, argues that something has gone sadly amiss in the care of the dying by contemporary medicine and in our social and political views of death, as shaped by our scientific successes and ongoing debates about euthanasia and the “right to die”—or to live. The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying, informed by Foucault’s genealogy of medicine and power as well as by a thorough grasp of current medical practices and medical ethics, argues that a view of people as machines in motion—people as, in effect, temporarily animated corpses with interchangeable parts—has become epistemologically normative for medicine. The dead body is subtly anticipated in our practices of exercising control over the suffering person, whether through technological mastery in the intensive care unit or through the impersonal, quasi-scientific assessments of psychological and spiritual “medicine.”

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Prelude
  2. pp. 1-27
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  1. 1. Birthing the Clinic
  2. pp. 28-60
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  1. 2. Maturing the Clinic
  2. pp. 61-88
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  1. Transition One
  2. pp. 89-95
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  1. 3. The Machinations of Life
  2. pp. 96-118
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  1. 4. Embracing Death
  2. pp. 119-140
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  1. 5. Commissioning Death: From Living Cadavers to Dead Brains
  2. pp. 141-167
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  1. 6. The Exact Location of Death: From Brain to Sovereign
  2. pp. 168-196
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  1. 7. The Sovereign Subject and Death
  2. pp. 197-222
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  1. Transition Two
  2. pp. 223-226
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  1. 8. The Discursive Turn
  2. pp. 227-252
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  1. 9. The Palliating Gaze
  2. pp. 253-278
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  1. Recapitulation
  2. pp. 279-284
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  1. 10. Anticipating Life
  2. pp. 285-313
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 314-365
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 366-392
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  1. Index [Includes About the Author and Back Cover]
  2. pp. 393-411
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268158071
Related ISBN
9780268022273
MARC Record
OCLC
794700754
Pages
440
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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