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Julius Schönherr
Peking University
Recent years have seen a surge in philosophical work on the rationality of grief. Much of this research is premised on the idea that people tend to grieve much less than would be appropriate or, as it is often called, fitting. My goal in this paper is diagnostic, that is, to articulate two never properly distinguished, and indeed often conflated, arguments in favor of the purported discrepancy between experienced and fitting grief: a metaphysical and a psychological argument. According to the former, grief is rationalized entirely by facts about the past. And because the past is unchangeable, grief can be said to remain forever fitting. According to the latter argument, humans’ emotional resilience causes grief to diminish at a faster rate than would be fitting. Which of these problems we end up facing, depends on relatively subtle variations in the characterization of the losses that render grief appropriate.
Keywords grief  fittingness  death  emotion  rationality
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DOI 10.1093/analys/anaa051
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