Reviewed by Katherine Withy, via Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews:
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This volume collects Matthew Ratcliffe’s work from the last five years on depression and existential feeling, offering a rich and compelling phenomenological interpretation of the variety and unity of experiences of depression. Ratcliffe’s interpretation is informed by and in dialogue with not only historical and contemporary phenomenology, but also philosophy of mind and philosophy of emotion, as well as psychiatry and psychology. The book is an important contribution to phenomenology in general and to the phenomenology of mood disorder in particular, and it provides those who suffer from depression — as well as those who care for them — a powerful new way to understand and express their experiences.
The primary challenge facing a phenomenology of depression is that depressive experiences are hard to describe adequately — and any description that a sufferer does produce seems to lend itself to being misunderstood.