Narrating Pain

Richard Kearney

in Difficulties of Ethical Life

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229734
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235186 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Narrating Pain

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This chapter illustrates the ethics of catharsis by means of anthropological and cultural analysis. It begins with some anthropological examples of how catharsis is linked to the process of narration. It reveals that the creative repetition of narrative is ethically imperative because it provides a clearer view to review insufferable pain and unbearable loss.

Keywords: catharsis; ethics; pain; narration; loss; anthropology; culture

Chapter.  5856 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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