WEBINAR

Intact: A Defence of the Unmodified Body

Clare Chambers with Brian D. Earp

The pressure to change our bodies is overwhelming. We strive to defy ageing, build our biceps, cure our disabilities, conceal our quirks. Surrounded by filtered photos and surgically-enhanced features, we must contort our physical selves to prejudiced standards of beauty. Perfection is impossible, and even an acceptable body seems out of reach. In this conversation with Brian D. Earp, philosopher Clare Chambers will argue that the unmodified body is a key political principle. While defending our right to change our bodies, she will argue that the social pressures to modify undermine equality.


Clare Chambers is Professor of Political Philosophy and a Fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge. The author of the acclaimed Against Marriage (2017), her new book, Intact: A Defence of the Unmodified Body, is published in February by Allen Lane. clarechambers.com / twitter.com/drclarechambers


Brian D. Earp is Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy at Yale University and The Hastings Center, and a Senior Research Fellow in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. Brian’s work is cross-disciplinary, following training in philosophy, cognitive science, psychology, history and sociology of science and medicine, and ethics. twitter.com/briandavidearp

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Monday 21st February

7.00 p.m. (UK time)/2.00 p.m. (EST)