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Havi Carel

Professor of Philosophy, University of Bristol

Dr Havi Carel is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol, where she also teaches medical students. Her research examines the experience of illness and of receiving healthcare. She is currently completing a monograph for Oxford University Press, provisionally entitled Phenomenology of Illness. She was recently awarded a Senior Investigator Award by the Wellcome Trust, for a five year project entitled ‘The life of breath’ (with Prof Jane Macnaughton, Durham University). She has written on the embodied experience of illness, wellbeing within illness and patient-clinician communication in the Lancet, BMJ, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Philosophia and in edited collections.

She is the author of Illness (Acumen 2008, Routledge 2013), shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and of Life and Death in Freud and Heidegger (Rodopi 2006). She is the co-editor of Health, Illness and Disease (Acumen 2012) and of What Philosophy Is (Continuum 2004). She also uses film in teaching and has co-edited a volume entitled New Takes in Film-Philosophy (Palgrave 2010). She co-edited a special issue of Philosophy on ‘Human Experience and Nature’ (Cambridge University Press 2013).

In 2009-11 Havi led an AHRC-funded project on the concepts of health, illness and disease and in 2011-12 she was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship for a project entitled ‘The Lived Experience of Illness’. In 2012-13 she held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.