Aesthetics as metaphysical meaning-making in the face of death

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Abstract

In my ethnographic research on death and dying in contemporary Finland, I explore how Finns facing end of life due to a long-term illness or other terminal condition seek to orient themselves and make meaning with cultural tools such as imagery, language, and metaphysical thinking. My primary research material is based on extensive fieldwork at Terhokoti Hospice and in the cancer clinic of Helsinki University Hospital, where I have had numerous conversations with terminally ill patients. This paper seeks to explore the way in which metaphysical aesthetics is assuming the role that religious thinking has traditionally played. When the role of institutional religion is diminishing, it becomes important to understand how emotional and spiritual resolution can be arrived at by means of aesthetics.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApproaching Religion
Volume6
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)96-111
Number of pages16
ISSN1799-3121
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2016
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal

Fields of Science

  • 611 Philosophy
  • cultural phenomenology
  • aesthetics, phenomenolgy

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