A public lecture by Dr. Eva Kittay, scholar of disability studies and feminist ethics.
Dr. Kittay is Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University and an Affiliate of the Stony Brook Women’s Studies Program. She is the author of more than 85 articles, and seven books and edited volumes including Loves’ Labor: Essays on Women, Equality and Dependency.
She is visiting the University of Waterloo to present a series of lectures in the Department of Philosophy.
To “heal sick people via words” Antiphon of Athens already claimed in the 5th century before Christ. In the 19th century Freud and Breuer stated that signs of hysteria disappeared via talking with the female patients about their triggering memories. Thus, talking was functionalized as the central tool to treat psychic problems and connected somatic symptoms. Clearly, the importance of language is the reason why linguistic and sociological conversation analysis addresses psychotherapy and psychosomatics as relevant fields of research.