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Life Uprooted. Social and Moral Challenges of Woe

Life Uprooted. Social and Moral Challenges of Woe

Noelia Bueno Gómez, “Life Uprooted. Social and Moral Challenges of Woe,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 77, no. 2–3 (2021): 959–73,

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  • Life Uprooted. Social and Moral Challenges of Woe

    Type Journal Article
    Author Noelia Bueno Gómez
    Rights © 2021 by Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    Volume 77
    Issue 2-3
    Pages 959-973
    Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    ISSN 0870-5283
    Date 2021
    DOI 10.17990/RPF/2021_77_2_0959
    Language English
    Abstract Entering into dialogue with Simone Weil, this article contributes to the identification of woe as a social and psychological phenomenon that should not remain hidden and minimized anymore. Affliction is described as a kind of extreme suffering that causes a partial or total loss of self-appropriation (the possibility of inhabiting the own self and the world), self-blame and self-shame. Moreover, it is accompanied by social degradation, marginalization, guilt and shame, such that institutions and even social theories can feed its perverse inertia. Woe has such overwhelming destructive power that any socio-political order that causes it should be completely reformed. Because of its opacity, it poses a considerable moral challenge too, one that I propose to tackle by exploring the possibilities of compassion, care and attention as resources for moral agents. Finally, only by restoring the conditions for a re-rooting in life and in the world is it possible to re-appropriate one’s self lost in malheur.
    Date Added 9/10/2021, 5:12:32 PM
    Modified 9/10/2021, 6:33:54 PM


    • attention, care, self-appropriation, Simone Weil, suffering.


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