Eros Crucified: Death, Desire, and the Divine in Psychoanalysis and Philosophy of Religion

Author(s) : Matthew Clemente

Eros Crucified: Death, Desire, and the Divine in Psychoanalysis and Philosophy of Religion

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : November 2019
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 224
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 94787
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367259396
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367259

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Weaving together psychoanalytical, philosophical, and theological thought from art and literature, this work provides a fresh perspective on how humans can make sense of suffering and finitude and how our existence as sexual beings shapes our relations to one another and the divine. It attempts to establish a connection between carnal, bodily love and human's relation to the divine. Relying on the works of philosophers such as Manoussakis, Kearney, and Marion and psychoanalysts such as Freud and Lacan, this book provides a possible answer to these fundamental questions and fosters further dialogue between thinkers and scholars of these different fields. The author analyzes why human sexuality implies both perversion and perfection and why it brings together humanity's baseness and beatitude. Through it, the author taps once more into the dark mystery of Eros and Thanatos which, to paraphrase Dostoevsky, is a forever struggle with God on the battlefield of the human heart. This book is written primarily for scholars interested in the fields of philosophical psychology, existential philosophy, and philosophy of religion.

About the Author(s)

Matthew Clemente is a husband and father of five. He lives and writes in Boston, Massachusetts, where he holds teaching appointments at Boston College and Boston University. He has published seven books, most recently Eros Crucified: Death, Desire, and the Divine in Psychoanalysis and Philosophy of Religion, and is the assistant editor of the Journal for Continental Philosophy of Religion.

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