A World of Fragile Things: Psychoanalysis and the Art of Living

A World of Fragile Things: Psychoanalysis and the Art of Living

by Mari Ruti
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1438427166

ISBN-13: 9781438427164

Pub. Date: 07/09/2009

Publisher: State University of New York Press

How are our lives meaningful? What is the relationship of loss to creativity? How can we best engage and overcome our suffering? From Socrates to Foucault, Western philosophers have sought to define “the art of living”—the complex craft of human existence that elicits our thoughtful participation, and the idea that even though death escapes our

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How are our lives meaningful? What is the relationship of loss to creativity? How can we best engage and overcome our suffering? From Socrates to Foucault, Western philosophers have sought to define “the art of living”—the complex craft of human existence that elicits our thoughtful participation, and the idea that even though death escapes our control, life is not something that simply happens to us in a passive manner but is instead a process that invites our active and lively engagement. A World of Fragile Things offers a distinctly psychoanalytic perspective on “the art of living,” one that focuses on ongoing and ever-evolving processes of self-fashioning rather than defining a fixed and unitary sense of self. With a compelling blend of philosophical insight and psychoanalytic acumen, Mari Ruti asks experts and readers alike to probe the complexities of human existence, offering a contemporary outlook on some of the most enduring questions of Western thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438427164
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/09/2009
Series:
SUNY series in Psychoanalysis and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Art of Living 15

Chapter 2 The Pursuit of Happiness 41

Chapter 3 The Remaking of Fate 67

Chapter 4 The Fall of Fantasies 89

Chapter 5 The Residue of Love 113

Epilogue 141

Notes 149

Index 171

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