Melancholy and the Otherness of God : A Study in the Genealogy, Hermeneutics, and Therapeutics of Depression Paperback / softback
by Alina Feld
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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Lexington Books
- Publication Date: 01/05/2013
- Category: Philosophy of mind
- ISBN: 9780739182079
- Hardback from £59.29