Noga Arikha “The Ceiling Outside” Virtual Event

Join NOGA ARIKHA—philosopher, historian, and author of Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours—for a discussion of her new book “The Ceiling Outside: The Science and Experience of the Disrupted Mind.”


[In Conversation by SHAYLA LOVE]
Friday May 27, 2022 5:00 PM ET
Harvard Book Store
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About the Author:

Noga?Arikha?is a philosopher and historian of ideas. The author of Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours, she is associate fellow of the Warburg Institute and honorary fellow of the Center for the Politics of Feelings, London, and research associate at the Institut Jean Nicod, Paris. She is based in Florence, Italy.

About the Book:

As her mother slips into the fog of dementia, a philosopher grapples with the?unbreakable links?between?our bodies and our sense of self.

A diabetic woman awakens from a coma having forgotten the last ten years of her life. A Haitian immigrant has nightmares that begin bleeding into his waking hours. A retired teacher loses the use of her right hand due to pain of no known origin.

Noga Arikha began studying these patients and their confounding symptoms in order to explore how our physical experiences inform our identities. Soon after she initiated her work, the question took on unexpected urgency, as Arikha’s own mother began to show signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

Weaving together stories of her subjects’ troubles and her mother’s decline, Arikha searches for some meaning in the science she has set out to study. The result is an unforgettable?journey across the ever-shifting boundaries between?ourselves?and?each other.

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