• Date and time: Thursday 9 December 2021, 3pm to 4.30pm
  • Location: Room B/B/002, Biology Building, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

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Grief: A Study of Human Emotional Experience Lecture

A Grief Observed is an edited version of a journal the Christian writer C.S. Lewis kept following the death of his wife. In addition to experiences familiar to many, arguably the most prominent themes of the journal are striking, distinctive, and by no means commonly shared. These themes relate to fears, early in the journal, regarding the construction of mental images of his wife, accompanied by a sense of God’s absence, and, later in the journal, to the resolution of these fears and sense of God’s returning presence. In this talk Tasia will draw attention to these distinctive features of Lewis’ grief, and consider them through the lens of aspects of Lewis’ theology. In so doing she will draw attention to the way in which interpretation – here, theological interpretation – can shape experience, including experiences of grief.    

About the speaker

Dr Tasia Scrutton is Associate Professor in Philosophy and Religion at the University of Leeds. Her research relates to the philosophy of religion (currently, privative views of evil), and religion and mental health. Her recent publications include Christianity and Depression: Interpretation, Meaning, and the Shaping of Experience. London: SCM Press (2020), and  'And so she returned to the eternal source’: Continuing Bonds and the Figure of Beatrice in C.S. Lewis’ A Grief ObservedThe Heythrop Journal (2020).