The great leap forward of medicine in the twentieth century contributed to the myth of the repression of vulnerability accompanied by the illusion of individual control and self-determination. However, epidemics, like major natural disasters, have continued to act as elements capable of upsetting scientific optimism. The Covid-19 pandemic, with its uncertain causes and unpredictable effects, has led to authentic demythologisation and caused a “return of the repressed”: a feeling of vulnerability along with dramatic awareness of our mortality. This phenomenon has been accompanied by a re-emerging demand for meaning, which has led to a more direct confrontation with the drama of suffering and the need for a personal relationship with the sacred, finally rediscovering the public dimension of prayer. Firstly, the article outlines in its essential features the ambiguity of the pre-pandemic cultural horizon. Secondly, it analyses the characteristics of the rise of a new sensibility, by referring also to the notion of prayer as a “political issue” coined by Jean Daniélou.

Russo, M.t. (2021). La vulnerabilità come ‘ritorno del rimosso’ e la nuova domanda di senso durante la pandemia da Covid-19. REVISTA PORTUGUESA DE FILOSOFIA, 77(2-3), 841-858 [10.17990/RPF/2021_77_2_0841].

La vulnerabilità come ‘ritorno del rimosso’ e la nuova domanda di senso durante la pandemia da Covid-19

russo mt
2021

Abstract

The great leap forward of medicine in the twentieth century contributed to the myth of the repression of vulnerability accompanied by the illusion of individual control and self-determination. However, epidemics, like major natural disasters, have continued to act as elements capable of upsetting scientific optimism. The Covid-19 pandemic, with its uncertain causes and unpredictable effects, has led to authentic demythologisation and caused a “return of the repressed”: a feeling of vulnerability along with dramatic awareness of our mortality. This phenomenon has been accompanied by a re-emerging demand for meaning, which has led to a more direct confrontation with the drama of suffering and the need for a personal relationship with the sacred, finally rediscovering the public dimension of prayer. Firstly, the article outlines in its essential features the ambiguity of the pre-pandemic cultural horizon. Secondly, it analyses the characteristics of the rise of a new sensibility, by referring also to the notion of prayer as a “political issue” coined by Jean Daniélou.
Russo, M.t. (2021). La vulnerabilità come ‘ritorno del rimosso’ e la nuova domanda di senso durante la pandemia da Covid-19. REVISTA PORTUGUESA DE FILOSOFIA, 77(2-3), 841-858 [10.17990/RPF/2021_77_2_0841].
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