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The Plastic Hospital: Catherine Malabou's Architectural Therapeutics

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/10/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Essays in French Literature and Culture
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)191-210
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This article stages encounters between the contemporary French
philosopher Catherine Malabou and the French Medical Humanities.
Whilst Malabou’s philosophy of the body and brain focuses largely
on sites of irreversible destruction and (neuro)pathology, I argue
that her thought also calls for new conceptions of therapy and care, laying the foundations for radical transformations in clinical practice and architecture. Further, I argue that Malabou’s philosophy paves the way for a new relationship between French thought and clinical architectures and spaces, moving past Michel Foucault’s Naissance de la Clinique (1963) to propose a more positive, mutually transformative interaction between philosophy and the hospital.