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Open Access 'Rather than Succour, My Memories Bring Eloquent Stabs of Pain' On the Ambiguous Role of Memory in Grief

This article is Open Access under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY licence.

Abstract: Memory can play two quite different roles in grief. Memories involving a deceased loved one can make them feel either enjoyably present, or especially and painfully absent. In this paper, we consider what makes it possible for memory to play these two different roles, both in grief and more generally. We answer this question by appeal to the phenomenological nature of vivid remembering, and the context in which such memories occur. We argue that different contexts can make salient different aspects of memory's phenomenological nature, thus making what is remembered sometimes feel pleasantly 'present' again, and sometimes painfully absent.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Philosophy, University of Konstanz, Germany 2: Department of Philosophy, University of York, Yorkshire, UK

Publication date: September 1, 2022

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