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What is My Relationship

to My Body?

You realize just how hard it is to take a bath on your own when your arm is in a cast. But because our bodies are in time and space. and our abilities are also determined by our anatomy as a species which has continually evolved throughout time. .Our Bodies There are times when we pay attention to our bodies rather than simply moving about doing day-to-day activities. but also in terms of the meaning and experience involved whenever we use the phrase. Most usual time when we notice our bodies. or to sheer inability. Our bodies are subject to the laws of physics. either due to injury. I go through. we function in accordance with natural laws. inertia. torque and other things. we can talk about the body not only in terms of the mind-body problem. in the same way that i also have a mind and a will. is when we find that we cannot do something. In short. This chapter clarifies the meaning of my body following a phenomological reflection. my body. illness. you end up being sorry for all your bad life choices. because whatever it is that my body goes through. This is because my body can mean the body that I have. When you have a toothache so painful that you become aware of how something so small can have pain so massive. and it can also mean that I am my body. involving mass. Our bodies also work in accordance with the laws of biology and chemistry.

Having Bodies Philosophers throughout history have also talked about the body. Rene Descartes is considered to be the father of both modern and analytic geometry. although his main concerns were how we come to know. The french philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes (1596-1650) is usually credited as the thinker who systemically articulated the modern dualism between the mind and the body. . inspired by the clarity and distinctive accuracy of the physical and mathematical sciences. they do so within the discussion of their very diverse philosopical systems. although when they do so.

meaning that each of these parts do their respective goals without interferring with the other parts and functions. The appetitive part. An excellent. For Plato. and not the body. the soul has three parts. Man thus essentially a soul with a corruptible. In man. This means that man is the entirety of his body and his soul. the spirited part and the rational part. mortal body. virtous man has a very well-ordered soul. this dualism occurs as the essential difference between the body and the soul. being of the same nature as them. Aristotle . it is the soul. For Plato. claiming that the form is inseperable from the matter of substance.Dualism somewhat coincides with Plato. you cannot ask wether a statue is its structure or its material . also believed. however. which has the access to the ideal forms. and in bodily death the body’s distractions and imprisonment no longer apply to him. disagreed with some of his teacher’s ideas. a little more than a thousand years before Descartes’ time. Such a man is contemplative. For Aristotle. for it is in contemplation that we reach of the good.

Being Bodies .