The Cyborg Body: The Regulation of the Human Body in Medicine
The opposition between human and nonhuman has been made through the traditional dichotomies human/animal and human/monster. To these, through the evolution of technology we can now add human/robot. What differentiated the human from the animal was that the former possessed a soul and strict religious rules to safeguard this essence. Today’s medicine challenges disabled bodies, by the use of prostheses and scientific machinery but raises questions about maintaining the opposition between the human subject and the technological object. In this paper I will examine the challenge to notions of subject and object which is incarnated by the prosthetic body in medicine. I will compare the post-modernist denial of the human essence with the tenacity of this concept in medical discourses about the prosthetic body.
Keywords: Prosthetic Body (Medicine), Norms and Politics, Object/Subject
PhD Student, Department of Research for Social Change (Humanities), Queensland University of Technology