Short CV/Education and training

  • Having a background in physiotherapy, philosophy, phenomenology, cultural studies and philosophy of mind, I have developed a very distinct philosophical view on the body and on embodiment. My present but long-term research aims at developing an ethics of "non-ideal" bodies. Central themes in my work are bodily identity and bodily integrity. My work is througout interdisciplinary: as a "philosophical anthropologist" I combine theoretical reserach methods (philosophical close reading, text and discourse analysis) with empirical fieldwork (observations, interviews, focus groups).

  • As a theoretical researcher with a practical-medical background, I am very much interested to collaborate with people in the field (medical and heathcare professionals, patients' associations and other interest groups), as well as with researcher from other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Academic career

  • 1990
    BA Physiotherapy, Medical School Deventer

  • 1995
    MA Philosophy, University of Amsterdam

  • 1998
    Diplôme d'études approfondies (DEA) en philosophie, Université Paris XII

  • 2001 – 2006
    Post-doc Researcher, Department of Arts and Culture, Maastricht University

  • 2002 – 2004
    Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department, University of Amsterdam

  • 2004 – 2010
    Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department, Tilburg University. (tenure position)

  • 2008 – 2011
    Assistant Professor (UD), Department of Health, Ethics and Society, Maastricht University (tenure position)

  • since 2011
    Associate Professor (UHD), Department of Health, Ethics and Society, Maastricht University (tenure position)

Selected publications


  • Slatman, J. (Forthcoming). Our Strange Body: Philosophical Reflections on Medical Interventions and Identity, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press

  • Slatman, J. (2008). Vreemd Lichaam. Over medisch ingrijpen en persoonlijke identiteit. Amsterdam, Ambo.(This book has been short-listed for the Socrates Prize 2009). Second print 2011

  • Slatman, J. (2003). L'expression au-delà de la représentation. Sur l'aisthêsis et l'esthétique chez Merleau-Ponty, Leuven/Paris, Peeters/Vrin, 2003 (294 pp).

Recent articles

  • Slatman, J. (2012). Phenomenology of Bodily Integrity in Disfiguring Breast Cancer, Hypathia, 27 (2): 281-300.

  • Slatman, J. (2011). The meaning of body experience valuation in oncology. Health Care Analysis, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 295-311

  • Slatman, J., Halsema, A. and Widdershoven, G. (2010). Sex and Enhancement: a Phenomenological-Existential View, The American Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 10 (7), 20-22.

  • Slatman, J. and Widdershoven, G. (2010). Embodied Self-Identity in Neuro-Oncology: A Phenomenological Approach. The American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience. 1 (3), 12-13

  • Slatman, J. and Widdershoven, G. (2010). Hand Transplants and Bodily Integrity., Body & Society, 16 (3), 69-92.

  • Slatman, J. (2009). Transparent Bodies: Revealing the Myth of Interiority, in R. van de Vall & R. Zwijnenberg (eds.). The Body Within: Art, Medicine and Visualization, Brill, Leiden, pp. 107-122

  • Slatman, J. (2009). A Strange Hand: On Self-recognition and Recognition of Another. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 8 (3), pp 321-342.

  • Slatman, J. and Widdershoven, G. (2009). Being Whole after Amputation, The American Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 48-49.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Mind the Body: Rethinking embodiment in healthcare (2017-2022)

  • Bodily Integrity in Blemished Bodies (2010-2016)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • NWO-VENI Committee Humanities: reviewing applications for post-doc grants in the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), since 2012

  • International Board Member, Scientific Committee Humanities, and Jury International Coordination Action, FWO Flanders (Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Vlaanderen), 2007 – 2012

Media coverage

  • Before entering the academic world, I have been working as a physiotherapist (part-time basis), in various primary care centers in Amsterdam (1991-1995). I received my BA certificate phsyiotherapy from Deventer School for Phsyiotherapy (1990).

Additional qualifications

  • Physiotherapist certificate (1990).


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