The moral Dimension of Temporality and Embodiment. Three Sketches

Through analyses of three everyday phenomena – time-related stress, physical pain and the smile – the article articulates the moral-existential-emotional context, generally ignored in philosophy, in which phenomena of temporality and embodiment appear and have meaning. Time-stress is revealed as a symptom of inter-personal difficulties, where one’s anxieties are projected onto the experience of time. Philosophical discussions of pain are faulted for focusing on the body-mind relation while disregarding that pain is ”lived” within one’s moral relation to others. Finally, reflection on the smile shows how apparently neutral philosophical accounts of embodiment covertly assume a fundamental distrust of others as the norm.

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