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Author Tratnik, Polona,
Title Conquest of body : biopower with biotechnology / Polona Tratnik.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2017]

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Author Tratnik, Polona,
Series SpringerBriefs in philosophy
SpringerBriefs in philosophy.
Subject Human body (Philosophy)
Philosophy, Medical.
Human Body.
Anatomy, Artistic.
Diagnostic Imaging.
Biometric Identification.
Description 1 online resource.
Contents Conquest of body: mapping, knowing, mastering -- Project transparency (constructing the window) -- Deep body essence -- Focal gaze -- Gaining power over body -- Collection of identity: body prints and identification -- Solution of life -- Regenerative body: biopower with biotechnology.
Summary This book reflects on the phenomenon of biotechnology and how it affects the body and discusses a number of related issues, including visualization, mediation, and epistemology. The author offers a compelling thesis, arguing that the exploration of the human body has one ultimate aim: to gain knowledge of it and to conquer it. Exploration of body has an intrinsic link to power, since knowledge is constitutive for the power over the body. Ultimately the conquest of body means the power to intervene into life processes. The book breaks new ground with its study of body visualizations, from the Renaissance drawings to the medical imaging. In particular, it investigates their complex mediality. It also considers the extension and the reach of biopower that is now possible thanks to a wide range of engineering applications. The author originally questions the research approach by rethinking the relationship between mental and sensual examination. She takes into consideration the epistemological problem of the two modes of exploration: obtaining knowledge from empirical exploration and projecting that knowledge to the object of exploration -- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 3319573241 (electronic bk.)
9783319573243 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 988289632
Additional Format Print version : Conquest of body : biopower with biotechnology 9783319573236 (OCoLC)981117491

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