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Brison published Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self with the Princeton University. Aftermath has ratings and 26 reviews. Bryan said: This is a deeply felt and philosophically sophisticated account of Brison’s process of recovery fol. Synopsis and review of the book Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self, Susan Brison.

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How do you cope with the catastrophic calamity of sexual assault and near murder if you are philosopher dedicated to rational discourse?

Those are the questions posed by Dartmouth professor Brison in a poignant afternath that begins on July 4,when, walking in broad daylight on a country road in southern France, she was grabbed from behind, raped, beaten, and left for dead.

Susan J. Brison, Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self – PhilPapers

It was, for Brison, a complete undoing of her persona—a shattering of self and a destruction of her past and future. She speaks of it as a condemnation to live in a now of non -sense, non -reason, suffering the pathological fears, flashbacks, and other accoutrements of post-traumatic bridon disorder.


Worse, she was saddled with brisom shame that accompanies sexual assault and with well-meaning friends, colleagues, and family who urged her to get over it and to get on with her life.

Here, she traces the nonlinear trajectory of her recovery via multiple pathways. Academically, she took risks to introduce the personal in a field noted for its lofty planes of abstraction.

Historically, she explored the records of Holocaust and other trauma survivors and analyzed the varied political and social views of feminist and other historians, becoming politically active herself. Emotionally, she had the loving support of her husband.

Medically, she was helped by individual and group therapy, as well as for drugs to fight depression, insomnia, and anxiety.

Physically, actermath learned self-defense.

Susan Brison

Throughout, she emphasizes the necessity, indeed the life-saving value, of narrative. Metaphysically, the self gains meaning only in relation to others.

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