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date: 19 April 2019

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After a brief overview of the author’s phenomenological-contextualist psychoanalytic perspective, the article traces the evolution of the author’s conception of emotional trauma over the course of three decades, as it developed in concert with his efforts to grasp his own traumatized states and his studies of existential philosophy. The author illuminates two of trauma’s essential features: (1) its context-embeddedness, and (2) its existential significance. The article also describes the impact of trauma on the phenomenology of time and the sense of alienation from others that accompanies traumatic temporality. The author contends that the proper therapeutic comportment toward trauma is a form of emotional dwelling. He concludes with a discussion of the implications of all these formulations for the development of an ethics of finitude.

Keywords: psychoanalysis, trauma, existentialism, phenomenology, temporality, ethics of finitude

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