A World of Fragile Things: Psychoanalysis and the Art of by Mari Ruti

By Mari Ruti

Psychoanalytic point of view on what Western philosophers from Socrates to Foucault have known as “the artwork of living.”

How are our lives significant? what's the dating of loss to creativity? How will we top have interaction and conquer our soreness? From Socrates to Foucault, Western philosophers have sought to outline “the paintings of living”—the advanced craft of human life that elicits our considerate participation, and the concept that although loss of life escapes our regulate, existence isn't really anything that easily occurs to us in a passive demeanour yet is as a substitute a method that invitations our energetic and vigorous engagement. A international of Fragile Things deals a exceedingly psychoanalytic point of view on “the artwork of living,” person who makes a speciality of ongoing and ever-evolving approaches of self-fashioning instead of defining a set and unitary experience of self. With a compelling mixture of philosophical perception and psychoanalytic acumen, Mari Ruti asks specialists and readers alike to probe the complexities of human lifestyles, delivering a latest outlook on the most enduring questions of Western thought.

"…[a] appropriate ebook … In exploring such subtending topics because the relation of loss to creativity and the which means of affection, myth, and personality improvement, Ruti stands within the culture of humanist writers who've bridged the disciplinary gaps among philosophy, psychotherapy, and the human sciences." — CHOICE

“Ruti’s bracing postmodernist sensibility is definitely ballasted by way of real open-mindedness or even a fresh sprint of humanism. Her eloquent argument that ‘psychoanalysis teaches us to make a advantage of contingency’ may be heeded not just by means of students of literature and philosophy but additionally via training clinicians.” — Peter L. Rudnytsky, coeditor of Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine

“Passionate, persuasive, formidable and caring—Ruti cogently bridges ontological matters into psychoanalytic thought.” — Ellen McCallum, writer of Object classes: how you can Do issues with Fetishism

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When it comes to happiness, this propensity to postulate an invisible cause for every visible effect all too easily tempts us to regard it as 44 A WORLD OF FRAGILE THINGS something that we can only approximate to the extent that we manage to overcome the mundane limits of our daily lives. However, placing happiness in an elusive sphere beyond our tangible existence traps us in an endless cycle of deferral: what we want is always a step ahead of us and no matter how diligent our efforts to close the gap between our ideal of happiness and the concrete realities of our lives, we come away frustrated.

29 From this perspective, the search for authenticity is a desperate attempt to retrieve a subjective voice that is deemed lost or muted; it is an effort to find a way of articulating those things that matter the most but that remain buried under false self-representations. It is worth noting right away that where traditional accounts of the art of living talked about cultivating a self—about improving and refining the self ’s character to meet an elevated ideal—the contemporary pursuit of authenticity is often couched in terms of recovering a core or kernel of being that has gotten lost in the turmoil of living.

In practical terms, this drive can translate into the attempt to dominate everything from the self to nature to other cultures and modes of life. 26 Yet few of us are entirely immune to the idea that our lives possess the kind of integrity and purpose that was of such central importance to traditional conceptions of the art of living. Indeed, contemporary culture could be said to advance its own version of this art. I will characterize it, for lack of a better expression, as the quest for authenticity.

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