Phenomenology of Illness by Havi Carel

Life of Breath PI Havi Carel‘s new book Phenomenology of Illness is now available. Havi argues that the experience of illness has been…

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Breath Control

Artist Caroline Wright has made a successful application to Arts Council England, in collaboration with Cambridge Junction and Life of…

Illness as transformative experience

Life of Breath PI Havi Carel, Ian James Kidd (University of Nottingham) and Richard Pettigrew (University of Bristol) have a paper…

Inspiring change: humanities and social science insights into the experience and management of breathlessness

Durham team members Rebecca Oxley and Jane Macnaughton argue that, in order to treat breathlessness more effectively, we need a greater understanding of…

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Breath in the technoscientific imaginary

Here, Durham researcher Arthur Rose explores breath as a theme, metaphor and plot device in Science Fiction. Whether used to convey a sense of…

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Breathing and Breathlessness in Clinic & Culture

Our PIs, Jane Macnaughton and Havi Carel have contributed a chapter on breathing and breathlessness to a new book, ‘The Edinburgh Companion…

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Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society

Life of Breath PI Havi Carel will be speaking at the joint session of the Aristotelian Society, which is July…

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Breathing Space (May 2016)

Life of Breath team members and collaborators gathered in Bristol on 12 and 13 May for one of our regular…

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Self-knowledge in and out of Illness symposium

Life of Breath researchers Havi Carel and Veronika Williams spoke at the Philosophy and Medicine symposium ‘Self-knowledge in and out…

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The Philosophical Role of Illness

Philosophical methods have been used to study illness for several decades. Havi Carel reverses the relationship between the two, asking:…

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Metaphysics and heavy breathing (or Tippett’s Fourth Symphony)

How can art (in this case, music) illuminate human experience? Here project collaborator Toby Young contemplates Tippett’s Symphony No. 4 (1977), a ‘birth…

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Should I fear my death?

Where death is, I am no longer, where I am death is not. If life and death are mutually exclusive, then…

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British Society for Literature and Science Conference 2016

Breath in literature, was the theme for a Life of Breath panel at the 2016 Annual Conference of the British…

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Breath of Life on Radio Scotland

First broadcast on Good Friday 2016, the Breath of Life radio programme featured our principle investigator Jane Macnaughton in conversation with Anna…

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Beckett’s Breathing Rhythms: Worstward Ho (1983) and Stirrings Still (1989)

As part of a seminar on the Rhythm of Prose at the American Comparative Literature Association 2016 conference, Arthur Rose…

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A Tobacco-Free New Zealand by 2025? Lecture (Durham)

To mark No Smoking Day we welcomed public health and behaviour specialist Dr Marewa Glover to Durham University. Dr Glover (Massey University) is…

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Chemical Youth Lecture (Durham)

What do chemical and pharmaceutical substances, both legal and illicit, ‘do’ for youth? This is the question posed by the…

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Means and ENDS – e-cigarettes, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and global health diplomacy in action

Can e-cigarettes (also called electronic nicotine delivery systems or ENDS) help curb smoking or are they just a smoke screen allowing tobacco…

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Epistemic Injustice and Illness

Both patients and doctors complain of problems communicating with each other. Senior investigator Havi Carel and Ian Kidd consider the possible roots of this….

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Affective Reading: Chaucer, Women, and Romance

Understanding how thoughts and feelings can affect the body is a key strand of our research. Here, team member Corinne Saunders explores how the interaction…

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Drawing Breath

Throughout 2016 The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal will feature the work of Jayne Wilton, visual artist and Life of Breath project…

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With bated breath: diagnosis of respiratory illness

In this essay, senior investigator Havi Carel recounts her experience of being diagnosed with a rare respiratory condition as a…

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Our Work Past Events

“If I had to live like you, I think I’d kill myself”: Explaining the Disability Paradox

On 26 November 2015 Havi Carel visited Kings College London to give the Annual Philosophy and Medicine Sowerby Lecture. Her…

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On illness & philosophy: An interview with Havi Carel

In this video Havi Carel is interviewed by Joe Boswell for The University of Bristol’s Centre for Science and Philosophy

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