Kevin Aho's "Contexts of Suffering" sheds light on problems suffered especially during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020. His book is a powerful example of transdisciplinary work at its most effective, particularly when applied to urgent problems in contemporary life. This work goes beyond a merely academic work of scholarship. It is a convincing study of Heidegger, to be sure, but also a very personal study of illness in general, and gives a profound response to the over-emphasis on biomedical psychiatry.
In brief, the book is a rewarding read but also challenging, for reasons that will become apparent to the reader. Very much in keeping with the author's admirable ability to render more complex Heideggerian ideas into clear and understandable language, I found the text at all times easy to absorb, illuminating those aspects of Heidegger's work that might seem intractable and even disorienting…. [H]is writing carries us along with admirable skill and understanding in a way that one can only come to expect of a Heidegger scholar of the first order.