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Price, Carolyn (2018). Grief. In: Tappolet, Christine; Teroni, Fabrice and Konzelmann Ziv, Anita eds. Shadows of the Soul: Philosophical Perspectives on Negative Emotions. New York: Routledge, pp. 105–112.

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This chapter considers the nature of grief and the role it plays in human life. Does our capacity to experience grief have any value? Or is it merely pointless suffering? Or an irrational refusal to accept something that cannot be changed? The chapter explores some reasons philosophers, from Plato onwards, have given for supposing that we might be better off without grief. But it also considers reasons for thinking that grief might have some value in our lives. Grief, it is argued, is a complex response to loss—one that can involve different types of emotional reactions; as a result, there is no simple answer to the question of grief’s value.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Author
ISBN: 1-138-68969-6, 978-1-138-68969-5
Extra Information: This is a short chapter in a collection aimed at a non-specialist audience.
Keywords: grief; emotion; negative emotion; philosophy
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 53069
Depositing User: Carolyn Price
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2018 17:20
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:51
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