Our second workshop, ‘The Phenomenology of Powerlessness’, took place at Essex University on Friday February 19th, 2016. Building on the first, this second workshop developed a phenomenological analysis of the lived experience of powerlessness and the nature of medio-passive agency.
Patients, families and carers very often report feeling powerless when faced with end-of-life issues. Accordingly, current NHS policies and guidelines focus on ‘empowerment’, itself understood as the restoration or improvement of control. But what does it mean to feel powerless at the end of life?