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Title: When intuitive knowledge fails : emotion, art and resolution
Other Titles: Mixed emotions : anthropological studies of feeling
Authors: Sant Cassia, Paul
Keywords: Emotions
Anthropology -- Research
Archaeology and history
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Berg Publishers
Citation: Sant Cassia, P. (2005). When intuitive knowledge fails : emotion, art and resolution. In K. Milton, & M. Svasek (Eds.), Mixed emotions : anthropological studies of feeling (pp. 109-125). New York: Berg Publishers.
Abstract: Starting with Aristotle's suggestion that thought plays a central role in emotion, this chapter explores how in the absence of the bodies of missing persons, mourners find it difficult to express their emotions by 'conventional' means, either through ritual, however inadequate, or through spectacles, however cathartic. In such situations there is a strong tension between emotions-as-beliefs (that the person might return) and intuitive knowledge (that the person is lost forever). The consequent anaesthetization of thought and emotion in attempting to resolve this aporia (the recovery of something which has disappeared) is nevertheless a particularly fertile domain for the cognitive manipulation of the two concepts of "loss" and "absence" through (popular) "naive" art, especially where conventional religion cannot offer soteriological solutions to emotional and symbolic collapse. Emotion, therefore, is not just personal, but sustained through social scaffolding, which provides ways to conceptualise and 'resolve' apories.
ISBN: 9781845200794
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