Do we really have a social if not moral duty to mourn, Nathalie Labrousse





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Published on May 6, 2017

Short excerpt from the text by Nathalie Labrousse read by Jean-Michel Vienne
Presentation: If there is one common exhortation in our society, it is undoubtedly to "mourn". But in what way could mourning, which is first subjectively experienced as an unbearable trial of devastation, as the end of the world that we had fantastically constructed for ourselves by ignoring mortality, be part of doing, of activity, of work? And this mourning work, in what sense should we take it? Like the one of childbirth, where great suffering makes it possible to generate a new life? Like the one of erosion, where a process beyond our control insidiously transforms us into a different person? As a voluntary activity where we can tame pain ourselves and put an end to it, even though it seemed infinite to us? As a profession, even, perhaps, at a time when the role once played by social solidarity is being overprofessionalized? Do we even really have a social if not moral duty to grieve? Aren't we allowed to wear it indefinitely? These are some of the questions we will try to address in this short conference.

Reading advice: Philosophy Magazine n° 24, What is it like to grieve? (November 2014).

Short excerpt from a lecture given at the Rencontres de Sophie on 25 March 2017 http://philosophia.fr/activites-renco... and soon to be published in full by Editions M-Editer http://m-editer.izibookstore.com


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