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Difficulties of Ethical Life$
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Shannon Sullivan and Dennis J. Schmidt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229734

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229734.001.0001

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Narrating Pain

Narrating Pain

The Ethics of Catharsis

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Difficulties of Ethical Life

Richard Kearney

Fordham University Press

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

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