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Of grief and mourning: thinking a feeling, back to Robert Solomon

Bilimoria, Purushottama 2012, Of grief and mourning: thinking a feeling, back to Robert Solomon, in Passion, death and spirituality: the philosophy of Robert C. Solomon, Springer, Dordrecht , The Netherlands, pp.149-174.

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Title Of grief and mourning: thinking a feeling, back to Robert Solomon
Author(s) Bilimoria, Purushottama
Title of book Passion, death and spirituality: the philosophy of Robert C. Solomon
Editor(s) Higgins, Kathleen
Sherman, David
Publication date 2012
Series Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures
Chapter number 12
Total chapters 19
Start page 149
End page 174
Total pages 26
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Dordrecht , The Netherlands
Keyword(s) death
grief
mourning
melancholy
Heidegger
psychoanalysis
empathy
Kristeva
Mahabharata
emotions
Notes The paper considers various ruminations on the aftermath of the death of a close or loved one, and the processes of grieving and mourning. The conceptual examination of how grief impacts on its sufferers, from different cultural perspectives, is followed by an analytical survey of current thinking among psychologists, psychoanalysts and philosophers on the enigma of grief, and on the associated process of mourning. Robert C. Solomon reflected deeply on the ‘extreme emotion’ of grief in his extensive theorizing on the emotions, particularly in his essay ‘On Grief and Gratitude’, commenting that grief is ‘often described as a very private, personal emotion, characterized by social withdrawal and shutting oneself off from the world’ (Solomon RC, On grief and gratitude. In: In defense of sentimentality. Oxford University Press, New York, 2004: 73). While dialoguing with the spirit of Solomon by way also of a tribute to his immense insights, the paper engages in critical reflections on recent thinking in this area elsewhere—notably, in Heidegger, Freud, Nussbaum, Casey, Gustafson, and Kristeva—and offers a refreshing critique toward an alternative to the received wisdom.
ISBN 9789400746497
9789400746503
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2012, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30057307

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