On the meaning of suffering according to Paul Ricœur and Michel Henry’s phenomenological approaches.

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


The theme of this talk is suffering and the way it relates passivity and selfhood, otherness, life and the world. My purpose, in more concrete terms, is to investigate the reasons which have lead Paul Ricœur to give so great an importance to Michel Henry’s phenomenology of suffering, from the moment the author of Oneself as Another stresses the need to consider the fundamental passivity of an embodied self. My approach is also the result of a surprise to verify the decisive role which a philosophy that renders selfhood inseparable from action, speech, narratives and ethics, that is to say, from human relationships and the mediation of interpretable cultural symbols, grants to a phenomenology which claims that selfhood and ipseity are indistinguishable from the immediacy of auto-affection and that any hermeneutic attempt to know who we are by means of symbolic representations misleads us necessarily into a an unending quest that drives us away from the essence of our own selves.
Period3 Jun 2019
Event titleCanadian Existencial and Phenomenological Theory and Practice Society Annual Conference
Event typeConference
LocationVancouver, CanadaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational