The Religion of Reality: Inquiry into the Self, Art, and Transcendence

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Overview

The Religion of Reality takes to task the assumption according to which the modern intellect is devoid of the transcendental. The book first argues that religious feeling persists in the secular western mind; that it has taken refuge in the unlikeliest of camps, with the supposed debunker of religious creed: the rationalist existential ego. The autonomous, individual self is the pillar of modern times - a deity that anchors our morals, politics, and society, and defines what is crucial about human existence. On this score, The Religion of Reality makes two points: first that the philosophic primacy of the self rests on a leap of faith; and second that its religious centrality cannot ultimately satisfy the transcendental thirst that it kindles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813214542
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Seeds of emancipation 23
3 Severing the ties that bind 30
4 The romantic solipsist 41
5 A church of one 68
6 "And Zarathustra saw that he was alone" 76
7 Longing for the world 91
8 The idol fallen and resurrected 110
9 The prison 122
10 The sense of reality 131
11 How reality was lost 137
12 The battle over reality 142
13 On representation 163
14 On love, beauty, and evil 172
15 Art and experience 192
16 The will to weakness 202
17 Art and imagination 215
18 Art and nature 222
19 Submission, necessity, death 238
20 Art and sacrifice 251
21 Art and work 263
22 The comedy of art 270
23 The religion in art 276
24 Art and love 282
25 Postscript on art and religion 302
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