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Abject Object Relations and Epistemic Engagement in Clinical Practice

Scott-Fordsmand, Helene (2021) Abject Object Relations and Epistemic Engagement in Clinical Practice. Philosophy of Medicine, 2 (2). pp. 1-19. ISSN 2692-3963

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This article engages with medical practice to develop a philosophically informed understanding of epistemic engagement in medicine, and epistemic object relations more broadly. I take my point of departure in the clinical encounter and draw on French psychoanalytical theory to develop and expand a taxonomy already proposed by Karin Knorr-Cetina. In so doing, I argue for the addition of an abject-type object relation; that is, the encounter with objects that transgress frameworks and disrupt further investigation, hence preventing dynamic engagement and negatively shaping our epistemic pathways. This article is primarily theoretical, although partly grounded in qualitative fieldwork.

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Scott-Fordsmand, Helenehelene.scottfordsmand@hotmail.com0000-0002-3527-1340
Keywords: Epistemic practice Object relations Clinical practice Abject bodies
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine
Depositing User: Professor Alex Broadbent
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2022 00:44
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2022 00:44
Item ID: 21167
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Medicine
Publisher: University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
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DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5195/pom.2021.45
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine
Date: 19 November 2021
Page Range: pp. 1-19
Volume: 2
Number: 2
ISSN: 2692-3963

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