It is very much worth reading for people from all areas of philosophy and outside the discipline, as well. Hopefully people in mainstream analytic philosophy read this book and take seriously her criticisms I know it is widely read in continental philosophy and feminist philosophy of all stripes. I read the book with a red pen, looking at the operative notions of self as controlling agent, as inviolable, as undetermined by others, and so forth. My eye was toward how Brison focuses on rebuilding autonomous subjectivity to the exclusion of other aspects of life.

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Reviews 7 On July 4, , 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. 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.

As Brison observes, trauma disrupts memory, severs past from present, and incapacitates the ability to envision a future. Susan J. It is at the same time a thought-provoking philosophical reflection of broad interdisciplinary interest, particularly for the study of trauma and narrative.

In both respects, it helps the reader to understand with greater insight and compassion the uneven, arduous movement from victim to survivor and agent in the aftermath of traumatic violence. This book is an act of personal and intellectual courage, allowing reason, at last, to triumph over tradition. It is also a book that will contribute to a much-needed transformation of philosophy itself.

The outcome is a unique and founding work that deserves to be made available quickly and put at the disposal of a very large public. Clearly and beautifully written, it crosses disciplinary boundaries and will make an important contribution to feminist thinking, moral philosophy, and the literature on trauma. Any serious reader could be moved and provoked by it.


Susan Brison



Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self


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