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Boyko D.V. Phenomenology of Fear

Published in journal "Psychology and Psychotechnics", 2015-12 in rubric "The unpredictable", pages 1298-1307.

Resume: In his article Boiko analyzes the phenomenon of fear from the point of view of its complex displays. The subject of the research is the feeling of fear which is being viewed as the existential or deep emotional experience of human. The object of the research is such displays of fear as the existential anxiety, awe, enchancement by fear as well as horror of existence. The author examines such aspects of the topic as the genesis of fear and the role of awe and paradoxically inviting fear in human's life. Special attention is paid to the idea that fear can be seen not only as a disastrous and repelling feeling but also as a purifying existential experience. The reserach methodology used by the author includes the hermeneutical analysis of different texts on existential, religious and social philosophy as well as literary works. The main conclusions of the research are the following: being an existential experience, fear can be displayed in many forms. Analysis of the phenomenon of fear allows to get a better understanding of human nature. The author's special contribution to the topic is the analysis of fear as a divine awe as well as the paradoxical desire of fear. The novelty of the research is caused by the fact that the author tries to show that even though fear is an unpleasant feeling, it is also an inescapable feeilng which attracts an individual and helps him to understand the transcendental beginning of the world.  

Keywords: transcendence, fear, existential anxiety, awe, horror, divine, enchanted by fear, human nature, creativity, existence and nonexistence

DOI: 10.7256/2070-8955.2015.12.17405

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