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Melancholy and the Otherness of God : A Study in the Genealogy, Hermeneutics, and Therapeutics of Depression, Paperback / softback Book

Melancholy and the Otherness of God : A Study in the Genealogy, Hermeneutics, and Therapeutics of Depression Paperback / softback

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An impressive study that prompts the reader toward philosophical reflection on the hermeneutics of melancholy in its relation to maturing theological understanding and cultivation of a profound self-consciousness.

Melancholy has been interpreted as a deadly sin or demonic temptation to non-being, yet its history of interpretation reveals a progressive coming to terms with the dark mood that ultimately unveils it as the self's own ground and a trace of the abysmal nature of God.

The book advances two provocative claims: that far from being a contingent condition, melancholy has been progressively acknowledged as constitutive of subjectivity as such, a trace of divine otherness and pathos, and that the effort to transcend melancholy-like Perseus vanquishing Medusa-is a necessary labor of maturing self-consciousness.

Reductive attempts to eliminate it, besides being dangerously utopian, risk overcoming the labor of the soul that makes us human.

This study sets forth a rigorous scholarly argument that spans several disciplines, including philosophy, theology, psychology, and literary studies.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Philosophy of mind
  • ISBN: 9780739182079

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