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Lost for words: anxiety, well-being, and the costs of conceptual deprivation

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  • Ditte Marie Munch-Jurisic, University of Copenhagen

A range of contemporary voices argue that negative affective states like distress and anxiety can be morally productive, broaden our epistemic horizons and, under certain conditions, even contribute to social progress. But the potential benefits of stress depend on an agent’s capacity to constructively interpret their affective states. An inability to do so may be detrimental to an agent’s wellbeing and mental health. The broader political, cultural, and socio-economic context shapes the kinds of stressors agents are exposed to, but it also delineates the hermeneutic equipment they have available to interpret their stress. To explain this specific problem of conceptual deprivation, philosophical theories on wellbeing and anxiety need to move beyond individualist perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13583-13600
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

    Research areas

  • Affect, Anxiety, Discomfort, Distress, Stress, Well-being

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