Unraveling the Knot of Suffering: Combining Neurobiological and Hermeneutic Approaches

Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 19 (4):291-294 (2012)
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The title of my paper, “Affecting the Body and Transforming Desire,” (Braude 2012a) is inspired from Plato’s Symposium, where the physician Eryximachus presents a purely neurophysiological discourse on love. James Giordano’s and Gerrit Glas’s commentaries on my paper have the timbre of a contemporary symposium, in this instance to discern the nature of suffering. Thus, I take Giordano’s and Glas’s commentaries to be generally sympathetic to my offering, although providing further critical insights that deepen the multidimensional understanding of suffering and the correct ethical and medical response. From different perspectives both commentators zone in on one central aspect of my analysis, that is ..



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