La metáfora energética del ser humano y su incidencia en el auge de la neurastenia, la neurosis y la depresión

Translated title of the contribution: The energy metaphor for the human body and its effect on the rise of neurasthenia, neurosis and depression

Rodrigo De La Fabián, Francisco Pizarro, Mariano Ruperthuz

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Abstract

This article aims to provide a historical critique of the rise of three diagnostic categories: neurasthenia (late nineteenth century), neurosis (first half of the twentieth century) and depression (mid-twentieth century to the present). The hypothesis is that their broad dissemination can be explained through their link to the energy metaphor for the human body. From the mid-nineteenth century on, the concept of energy spread through western culture, encouraging certain fictions about what we are – the ontological dimension – and what we could be – the ethical dimension. The article shows that these pathologies have codified and made intelligible a set of life trajectories that did not obey the imperatives of those onto-ethical fictions.

Translated title of the contributionThe energy metaphor for the human body and its effect on the rise of neurasthenia, neurosis and depression
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)879-897
Number of pages19
JournalHistoria, Ciencias, Saude - Manguinhos
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History and Philosophy of Science

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