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CASANOVA, Marco. Bridges over nothingness: narratives of suffering and existential transformation. Nat. hum. [online]. 2019, vol.21, n.2, pp. 130-149. ISSN 1517-2430.

The central aim of the present article is to put in question a structural tendency of our tradition of understanding the problem of negativity. If we consider the immediate reaction to the assertion that existence characterizes itself exactly through a very ontological indeterminacy, it is not uncommon to perceive how hard is to embrace this assertion without a sensation that it makes impossible the own existence, if it is not counterbalanced by any kind of attenuation to such a nothingness, of paving negativity. Such difficulty resonates over the main ways to cope with existential suffering and even of thinking the most essential focus of therapies in general. Putting in question these ways of thinking and their presupposes, we are trying over all to investigate if suffering itself has its basis in the extraordinary weight arousing from the proper attempt to avoid suffering. Heidegger is, in this context, our closer partner of dialog, such as the metaphors of the bridge and the lighthouse which guide us in our path.

Keywords : Heidegger; Negativity; Existential suffering.

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