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

Author(s) : Mari Ruti

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

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  • Publisher : State University of New York Press
  • Published : January 2009
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 180
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 29199
  • ISBN 13 : 9781438427164
  • ISBN 10 : 1438427166
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Psychoanalytic perspective on what Western philosophers from Socrates to Foucault have called the art of living. 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.

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Psychoanalytic perspective on what Western philosophers from Socrates to Foucault have called the art of living. 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.

About the Author(s)

Mari Ruti is Professor of Critical Theory at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is the author of, among other books, A World of Fragile Things: Psychoanalysis and the Art of Living (2009), The Singularity of Being: Lacan and the Immortal Within (2012), and The Age of Scientific Sexism: How Evolutionary Psychology Promotes Gender Profiling and Fans the Battle of the Sexes (2015).

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