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Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self | Susan J. Brison
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On July 4, 1990, while on a morning walk in southern France, Susan Brison was attacked from behind, severely beaten, sexually assaulted, strangled to unconsciousness, and left for dead. She survived, but her world was destroyed. Her training as a philosopher could not help her make sense of things, and many of her fundamental assumptions about the nature of the self and the world it inhabits were shattered. At once a personal narrative of recovery and a philosophical exploration of trauma, this book examines the undoing and remaking of a self in the aftermath of violence. It explores, from an interdisciplinary perspective, memory and truth, identity and self, autonomy and community. It offers imaginative access to the experience of a rape survivor as well as a reflective critique of a society in which women routinely fear and suffer sexual violence. As Brison observes, trauma disrupts memory, severs past from present, and incapacitates the ability to envision a future. Yet the act of bearing witness, she argues, facilitates recovery by integrating the experience into the survivor's life's story. She also argues for the importance, as well as the hazards, of using first-person narratives in understanding not only trauma, but also larger philosophical questions about what we can know and how we should live. Bravely and beautifully written, Aftermath is that rare book that is an illustration of its own arguments.
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kspenmoll
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Being a voracious reader of mystery/detective fiction, this initial statement of the author and her subsequent discussion gave me pause.
#feministphilosopher #feministethics

rretzler I had never thought about it that way...and now that I do, having read many mysteries, I‘d say it depends on the author. For some authors, most, perhaps, I think this is true, but I have read some mysteries where the author takes the time to let us get to know the victim before doing away with them. Sometimes, this is a good thing, because they deserve to be murdered, but other times, it is a tragedy. I wish I could think of examples right now. 6mo
kspenmoll @rretzler Thanks for your thoughtful response. You are right; some authors give you a chance to know the victim prior to it‘s murder. I think she was thinking of the Mysteries that seem to follow a formula/easy reading ones! 6mo
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My son went to hear a panel of women philosophers at a UConn this spring. He came away with this book for me. Just read the preface this morning.Taking Philosophy Professor (Dartmouth)Brison‘s story in bit by bit.

“Brison's work has succeeded in increasing the amount of attention that philosophy, as a field, pays to issues of rape and domestic violence.”

Suet624 Wow. Sounds really interesting. 6mo
kspenmoll @Suet624 It is. I am reading it slowly as there is alot to ponder, reflect on. 6mo
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kspenmoll
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#booksandcoffee #Saturdaymorning #porchtime
Treating myself to a gift of tiramisu, my favorite dessert, that my husband brought to me from his dinner last night with our son at an incredible restaurant in West Hartford, a town nearby where I grew up. Savoring every bite.

BookishTrish Looks heavenly 7mo
ValerieAndBooks What restaurant is this? If I haven‘t been there yet I should check it out when/after my daughter goes back to UHart this fall! 6mo
kspenmoll @ValerieAndBooks It‘s on the pricey side but delicious! https://trevact.com/menus/view/dinner 6mo
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ValerieAndBooks Oooh, looks good! Will definitely have to try it sometime! Thanks for the info; the name is easy to remember as I have a cousin with the same name 😊 6mo
ValerieAndBooks When my daughter has her senior dance show I‘ll let you know when it is 😊 (either this fall or next spring) (edited) 6mo
Suet624 Yum!! 6mo
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