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The Weimar era in Germany is often characterized as a time of significant change. Such periods of rupture transform the way people envision the past, present, and future. This book traces the conceptions of time and history in the Germany of the early 20th century. By focusing on both the discourse and practices of the youth movement, the author shows how it reinterpreted and revived the past to overthrow the premises of modern historical thought. In so doing, this book provides insight into the social implications of the ideological de-historicization of the past.
Copyright date 2010, with "the Gifford lectures" as subtitle.
The Flame of Eternity provides a reexamination and new interpretation of Nietzsche's philosophy and the central role that the concepts of eternity and time, as he understood them, played in it. According to Krzysztof Michalski, Nietzsche's reflections on human life are inextricably linked to time, which in turn cannot be conceived of without eternity. Eternity is a measure of time, but also, Michalski argues, something Nietzsche viewed first and foremost as a physiological concept having to do with the body. The body ages and decays, involving us in a confrontation with our eventual death. It is in relation to this brute fact that we come to understand eternity and the finitude of time. Nietzsche argues that humanity has long regarded the impermanence of our life as an illness in need of curing. It is this "pathology" that Nietzsche called nihilism. Arguing that this insight lies at the core of Nietzsche's philosophy as a whole, Michalski seeks to explain and reinterpret Nietzsche's thought in light of it. Michalski maintains that many of Nietzsche's main ideas--including his views on love, morality (beyond good and evil), the will to power, overcoming, the suprahuman (or the overman, as it is infamously referred to), the Death of God, and the myth of the eternal return--take on new meaning and significance when viewed through the prism of eternity.
Between present and past, visible and invisible, and sensation and idea, there is resonance—so philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty argued and so Jessica Wiskus explores in The Rhythm of Thought. Holding the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé, the paintings of Paul Cézanne, the prose of Marcel Proust, and the music of Claude Debussy under Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological light, she offers innovative interpretations of some of these artists’ masterworks, in turn articulating a new perspective on Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy. More than merely recovering Merleau-Ponty’s thought, Wiskus thinks according to it. First examining these artists in relation to noncoincidence—as silence in poetry, depth in painting, memory in literature, and rhythm in music—she moves through an array of their artworks toward some of Merleau-Ponty’s most exciting themes: our bodily relationship to the world and the dynamic process of expression. She closes with an examination of synesthesia as an intertwining of internal and external realms and a call, finally, for philosophical inquiry as a mode of artistic expression. Structured like a piece of music itself, The Rhythm of Thought offers new contexts in which to approach art, philosophy, and the resonance between them.
In Deep Rhythm and the Riddle of Eternal Life, John S. Dunne's twentieth book, he examines the end of earthly life and the prospect of eternal life. He begins with two questions: Is death an event of life? Is death lived through? If we answer yes to both questions, then we face "the riddle of eternal life." This book explores that riddle. Dunne finds his answer in the Gospel of John, with its three great metaphors of life, light, and love. Dunne contemplates the meaning of the metaphors in "deep rhythm," the deep rhythm of rest in the restlessness of the heart. The words of eternal life in the Gospel speak of life and light and love but also of life passing through death, of light passing through darkness, of love passing through loneliness. So, too, Christ, embodying life and light and love, passes through death and darkness and loneliness. This deeply meditative book from one of our most gifted spiritual writers and teachers will offer consolation to those at the end of life as well as hope for all readers who contemplate eternal life. A CD is included containing Dunne's "Symphony of Songs," with vocals by soprano Quinn Smith accompanied by John S. Dunne on the piano. "Vintage John Dunne--for the uninitiated an invitation to enter the rhythms where words break into song; for those who know his work a journey joining him in the mantras of his meditations on the radiant circle of life, light, and love." --John T. Noonan, Jr., Senior Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit "Four decades after he first asked it, John Dunne here returns to his question, 'If I must die someday, what can I do to satisfy my desire to live?' No one can absorb this book without coming to share his hope born of the knowledge that is rooted in love." --Jon Nilson, Loyola University Chicago "In Deep Rhythm and the Riddle of Eternal Life, John Dunne focuses on eternal life, a question that has been central to his work. The question is not simply, he says, 'Is there a life after death?' but, 'Is there a life in us that can live on through death?' In his unique but familiar way, Dunne blends explorations in theology, philosophy, literature, and music. New in this book, however, is a compact disk of Dunne's music, 'A Symphony of Songs,' with the author playing the piano. Although past volumes have included song lyrics and an occasional page of musical score, only now can most readers hear the music itself." --William J. Collinge, Knott Professor of Theology, Mount St. Mary's University
This study examines different conceptions of time in Daniel Defoe's (1660-1731) novels. The temporal aspects of the novels are surveyed, taking into account the historical situation of the novel as a genre and contemporary conceptions of time. The modernisation process of the Western world serves as a wider context of the study, as present research indicates that Defoe's novels exemplify a multilayered shift from 'pre-modern' Western conceptions of time to those of the modern age. The author also explores gendered time and economic and cultural values of time in Defoe's novels. The book contributes a fresh analysis of Defoe's novels and demonstrates the crucial relation between historical-cultural conceptions of time and the historically changing genre of the novel.
According to Dom Gregory Dix, the basic shape of the Christian liturgy has remained the same "ever since thirteen men met for supper in an upper room at Jerusalem" some two thousand years ago. According to Martin Connell, the same cannot be said for the liturgical year. The Triduum, or three days of Easter, only emerged in the fourth century. So, too, did Christmas. Earlier, Epiphany was the birthday of the Savior. Although a pre-Easter fast of variable length was observed since earliest times, the precise Forty Day span only appeared, once again, in the fourth century. And that foundational fourth century also saw the beginnings of the observance of Advent, which actually took centuries to catch on. As Connell demonstrates in this fascinating book, the varieties of Christian observance emerged in local communities stretching from Gaul to India and were often born in the struggles that were define orthodoxy and heresy. Eternity Today is a vade mecum for anyone who wishes to observe the liturgical year with intelligent devotion. Throughout, Connell aims to recover the theology and spirituality of the Christian year. As an aid to reflection, he incorporates numerous selections of contemporary poetry, thereby demonstrating how secular poets can often hit upon a point that finds its echo in Christian life and ritual. Eternity Today: The Liturgical Year, Volume 1 covers Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Candlemas, and Ordinary Time.
"This is not another book about why religion should accept lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Instead it moves off the defensive, and asks why any self-respecting queer would want to have anything to do with spirituality. Answers come from a diverse collection of holy homos, including Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Neo-Pagans and New-Agers, as well as queers who seek spirituality through drugs, nature, massage, dance, art - and sex." "There are contributions from Rabbi Lionel Blue, Reverend Richard Kirker, Catherine Treasure, Father Bernard Lynch, Rabbi Sheila Shulman, Fernando Guasch, Reverend Jean White, Maitreyabandhu, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence - along with over sixty others."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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