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Gry Ardal Printzlau

Gry Ardal Printzlau


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:

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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