""This is a radiant book, as beautiful as it is profound. Indeed--as Desmond consistently demonstrates in all his work, but here with a special power--the profoundest philosophical reflection must necessarily be the most beautiful.""
--David Bentley Hart, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study
""In this profound and searching book, Desmond shows once again that he is a master at 'dancing lightly in the service of thought' (Kierkegaard). He does not hesitate to draw on everything that might lend itself--philosophy, poetry, drama, art, film, music, nature, and major and minor experiences of life--to make manifest the brilliant light of beauty, without for all that simply dispelling its mysterious darkness.""
--D.C. Schindler, author of Love and the Postmodern Predicament: Rediscovering the Real in Beauty, Goodness, and Truth.
William Desmond is David Cook Chair in Philosophy at Villanova University, and Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Gift of Beauty and the Passion of Being 19
Chapter 2 On the Surface of Things: Transient Life and Beauty in Passing 67
Chapter 3 The Shine on Things: Given Beauty and the Order of Creation 99
Chapter 4 Soul Music and Soul-less Selving 125
Chapter 5 Beauty under the Underground: Art, Religion, and Schopenhauer's Dark Origin 164
Chapter 6 Creativity and the Dynamis 196
Chapter 7 A Second Primavera: Stanley Cavell, German Philosophy, and the Redemption of Romanticism 214
Chapter 8 The Theater of the Metaxu: Staging the Between 253
Chapter 9 Redeeming Laughter: On the Body Beside Itself and the Passion of Being 277
Appendix: "Intimate Intertwining": An Interview with William Desmond on Art and Religion Steven Knepper 323