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Philosophy Lecture-Oded Na'aman

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Wolff Conference Room, Room D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103

Oded Na'aman, Lecturer at Stanford University Philosophy Department will give a lecture:

"Holding On and Letting Go: The Ethics of Grief" 


Drawing on literary accounts of grief, I argue that by paying close attention to the phenomenology of grief we can arrive at a better understanding of the ethical significance of our emotions. We find, I argue, that the rationality of a person’s state of mind is partly determined by its place in the person’s life considered over time. More specifically, I argue that grief is a stage in a fitting process of repair and I show that various disagreements about the normal, healthy, or fitting duration of grief reflect underlying ethical disagreements about what process of repair is fitting in response to the loss of a loved person. Thus, by attending to grief philosophically we find a new space of ethical reflection that has not been acknowledged, namely, reflection about fitting processes of repair.

Presented by The New School for Social Research (NSSR)

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The New School for Social Research




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