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Grief, disorientation, and futurity

Mehmel, Constantin (2021) 'Grief, disorientation, and futurity.' Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. ISSN 1568-7759

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<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>This paper seeks to develop a phenomenological account of the disorientation of grief, specifically the relationship between disorientation and the breakdown in practical self-understanding at the heart of grief. I argue that this breakdown cannot be sufficiently understood as a breakdown of formerly shared practices and habitual patterns of navigating lived-in space that leaves the bereaved individual at a loss as to how to go on. Examining the experience of losing a loved person and a loved person-to-be, I instead propose that this breakdown should be understood primarily in relation to a distinctive kind of futurity operative in disorientation, <jats:italic>irrespective</jats:italic> of the extent to which there is a breakdown of formerly shared practices and habitual patterns of navigating lived-in space. Drawing on the resources afforded by Heidegger’s phenomenology, I argue that it is a <jats:italic>core characteristic</jats:italic> of the experience of disorientation in grief that the grieving person can no longer meaningfully press ahead into a <jats:italic>specific futural self</jats:italic>. This view comes with certain advantages over existing accounts of the temporality of grief for making sense of the disorientated relationship to futurity, which the appeal to Heideggerian resources makes possible.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Grief; Disorientation; Self-understanding; Foreclosed future; Futural self; Heidegger
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2021 08:47
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2022 00:33

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