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Transparent Bodies: Revealing The Myth Of Interiority

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Since medical imaging always encounters some opacity, the idea of a complete transparent body is just an illusion. This chapter shows that psychological interiority must be related to some kind of spatiality. Picturing living bodies or 'dissecting' living bodies by means of an invasive (harmless) gaze remains a science or a practice of dead bodies, or of the dead, inanimate side of the living body. The chapter explains in which way the body can be thought of in terms of subjectivity instead of in terms of thinghood or objectivity. It also explains two lines of reasoning - the subject as difference and the subject without privacy - on the basis of Jean-Luc Nancy's reflections on the body. If the invasive camera or the scan enters the body, travels beneath the skin, it will expose something that was first hidden and inaccessible. Certainly, imaging technologies can lay open a certain strangeness of the body.

Keywords: imaging technologies; invasive camera; living body; psychological interiority; transparent body



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