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Volume 18, Issue 2, Fall 2014

Australasian Continental Philosophy

Joseph Keeping
Pages 233-255

The Time Is Out of Joint: A Hermeneutic Phenomenology of Grief

In this paper, I embark upon a hermeneutic phenomenological analysis of the emotion of grief, based upon three experiences of grief I witnessed over the preceding year. I find that grief is best construed not as an emotion akin to sadness or anger, but as an affective-behavioural complex resulting from a discord between the world that we affectively inhabit and the world in which we currently find ourselves. I therefore conceive the process of getting over grief, or grieving, as an active process of readjusting our affective and behavioural habits on both a thematic and a pre-thematic level.

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