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Michael J. Cholbi
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Pomona, CA 91768-2557)
A Philosophical Treatment of the Ethics of Grief

Research and writing leading to publication of a book in the field of philosophy on grief arising from the death of intimates and loved ones.

Despite grief at the death of intimates or loved ones being a universal and perennial feature of human experience, contemporary philosophy has contributed very little to our understanding of the diverse ethical questions raised by grief. The proposed project will support the writing of the first ever book-length philosophical treatment of grief. The book will address such issues as whether grief responses are rational, how grief contributes to well-being, whether grief should ever be classified as a psychiatric illness, the place of anger in individual and collective grief, and ethical concerns about the exploitation of the vulnerability experienced during bereavement. This work will appeal to popular audiences curious to know how humanistic methods and knowledge can provide insight and consolation; to academic philosophers interested in death and dying, well-being, and moral psychology; and to scholarly experts in other disciplines seeking an atypical disciplinary perspective.

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Project fields:
Ethics; Philosophy, General; Philosophy, Other

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Research Programs

$37,800 (approved)
$37,800 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 7/31/2017