2020-03Thematic Section
On the Relation with One’s Own Body


The paper discusses the unique relationship that exists between the ego and one’s own body. There are two fundamental possibilities to grasp it – using the verb “to be” or “to have,” which results in two known formulas: “to be the body” or “to have the body.” However, after careful examination, it turns out that they are one-sided and entangle us in numerous aporias. A more complete picture of the relationships with one’s own body is made possible by a phenomenological description, which is a first-person and direct approach. The body, given in numerous experiences, turns out to be paradoxical and ambiguous. This is also my relation with it – it is feeling myself and others, getting to know myself and the world; an internal and at the same time external bond, at most my own experience along with the need to transcend the body. Finally, we consider whether the category of “relationship” resp. “relation” matches the experience of one’s own body. Perhaps a better solution is to give up this term and describe the body as a character of human being.


body, ego, event, object, phenomenology, time, world

How to cite:

Karpiński, Piotr. “On the Relation with One’s Own Body.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 4, no. 3 (2020):  23-36. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2020.0028.


Piotr Karpiński
Catholic Academy in Warsaw
Dewajtis 3, 01-815 Warszawa, Poland;
Higher Seminary in Łowicz
Seminaryjna 6, 99-400 Łowicz, Poland


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