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Gry Ardal Printzlau

Gry Ardal Printzlau

Postdoc

Current research

My current work is about the intertwinement of self-alienation and self-understanding in psychopathological and traumatic conditions and it will in particular explore how a person’s experiential relationship to the world and intersubjective relatedness is involved in and affected by profound feelings of self-alienation caused by existentially trying situations. I am part of the research project Self-understanding and Self-alienation: Existential Hermeneutics and Psychopathology funded by Velux Fonden. See here: http://cfs.ku.dk/research-activities/self-understanding-and-self-alienation

Generally, my research interests center on the nature of ethical selfhood and the significance of intersubjectivity for the sense of self, drawing on phenomenological and hermeneutic thinkers such as Levinas, Arendt, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, Sartre. How may we understand the human condition better, in ordinary as well as in trying circumstances, if we adopt a view of the self as a matter of responsivity and relationality? Can such a view contribute to ongoing discussions within philosophy (social cognition, empathy, intentionality) as well as outside (rehabilitation, psychotherapy, developmental psychology, transitional justice, punishment)?

I hold a MSc in sociology and philosophy (2006) from Roskilde University and a PhD (2012) in Ethics and Philosophy of Religion from the University of Copenhagen.

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