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LUCIP Lecture "The normative body and the embodiment of norms. It’s about habit."

Friday 21 April 2023
Centre for Intercultural Philosophy events 2023
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

The Leiden University Centre for Intercultural Philosophy is pleased to announce a JEDI funded talk by Dr. Maren Wehrle.

Dr. Maren Wehrle (Erasmus University of Rotterdam)

The normative body and the embodiment of norms. It’s about habit.


Phenomenologically speaking, one can consider the experiencing body as normative insofar as it generates norms through repeated actions and interactions, crystallizing into habits. On the other hand according to Foucauldian approaches, the subjective body does not generate norms but is itself produced by norms: Dominant social norms are incorporated via repeated practices of discipline. How is the individual level of habit formation in phenomenology related to this embodiment of supra-individual norms? In what sense can we differentiate between a habit formation that results in a skill and one that disciplines a body? To address these questions the paper will analyze examples of the embodiment of norms in Foucault and feminist philosophy and show how they rely on the phenomenological concept of the actual and habitual body.

* This talk is part of the event series “Emotion and Embodiment at the Intersections” under the auspices of the JEDI grant of the Faculty of Humanities, in collaboration with Symposion.


Dr. Maren Wehrle is associate professor in practical philosophy at Erasmus School of Philosophy. She obtained a Master degree in Philosophy, German Literature and Historical Anthropology at the University of Freiburg, Germany (2006). In 2011 she received a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Freiburg with a dissertation entitled ‘Horizonte der Aufmerksamkeit. Entwurf einer dynamischen Konzeption der Aufmerksamkeit aus phänomenologischer und kognitionspsychologischer Sicht‘.
From 2012 until 2017 she worked as Post-Doctoral Researcher and Lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy (Center of Phenomenological and Continental Philosophy: Husserl Archives) of KU Leuven, Belgium.

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