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de Saisset Museum

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Bannan Institutes

May 7, 2014
noon - 1:15 p.m.
Benson Center, Williman Room

David Feldman and Robert Gressis | What Good Is God for Grief and Loss? Psychology Meets Philosophy: An Interdisciplinary Research Study

Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

Grief and death anxiety are inextricably linked with human existence. In a real sense, loss permeates our lives. According to research in the realm of existential psychology as well as a venerable tradition in existential philosophy, constructive acknowledgement of death anxiety can be a major motivator of positive functioning whereas avoidance or denial of such anxiety can be a source of dysfunctional behavior and even psychopathology. Surprisingly, however, little empirical research has addressed the impact of religious belief on how people experience and cope with loss and death anxiety. Professor Feldman and Professor Gressis will be reporting on their recent research on the role of religious belief on experiences of loss and death anxiety in lay philosophy faculty, Jesuit priests, and undergraduate students.  This research study was funded through a What Good Is God? Bannan Institute Research Grant. Faculty seminar will follow luncheon presentation.

David Feldman is Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University, where he teaches courses in cognitive-behavioral therapy, brief psychotherapies, and personality theory. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas and completed a health psychology fellowship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California. His research and writings have addressed such topics as hope, meaning, and growth in the face of physical illness, trauma, and other highly stressful events. He is the co-author of The End-of-Life Handbook: A Compassionate Guide to Connecting with and Caring for a Dying Loved One, which addresses the needs of families as they face the life-threatening illness of a loved one.

Robert Gressis, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, California State University, Northridge, completed his Ph.D. from University of Michigan and his research and teaching interests center on Kant, Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Moral Psychology, FreeWill, History of Modern Philosophy.  He is the author of “How to Be Evil: Kant's Moral Psychology of Immorality" in Rethinking Kant: Current Trends in North American Kantian Scholarship (Cambridge, 2008) 

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