The Saturated Phenomenon of Flesh and Mineness and Otherness of the Body in Illness

Māra Grīnfelde (Coresponding Author)

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A key topic within the field of the phenomenology of medicine has been the relationship between body and self in illness, including discussions about the otherness and mineness of the body. The aim of this article is to distinguish between different meanings of bodily otherness and mineness in illness with reference to the interpretation of the body as “saturated phenomenon”, inspired by the phenomenology of Jean-Luc Marion. With the help of Marion’s ideas it is possible to distinguish between two meanings of bodily otherness and of mineness (objective and non-objective forms). These distinctions support and elaborate on ideas already found in the phenomenology of medicine and offer further insights into the nature of the experience of illness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184–193
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Medicine and Philosophy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2023


  • flesh
  • illness
  • mineness
  • otherness
  • saturated phenomenon

Field of Science*

  • 6.3 Philosophy, Ethics and Religion

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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