By Mari Ruti
Psychoanalytic point of view on what Western philosophers from Socrates to Foucault have referred to as “the paintings of living.”
How are our lives significant? what's the courting of loss to creativity? How will we top have interaction and triumph over our anguish? From Socrates to Foucault, Western philosophers have sought to outline “the artwork of living”—the complicated craft of human life that elicits our considerate participation, and the concept that although dying escapes our keep an eye on, lifestyles isn't really whatever that easily occurs to us in a passive demeanour yet is in its place a method that invitations our lively and vigorous engagement. A international of Fragile Things bargains a noticeably psychoanalytic point of view on “the artwork of living,” one 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 combination of philosophical perception and psychoanalytic acumen, Mari Ruti asks specialists and readers alike to probe the complexities of human life, delivering a modern outlook on probably the most enduring questions of Western thought.
"…[a] the best option e-book … In exploring such subtending topics because the relation of loss to creativity and the that means of affection, delusion, 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 via actual open-mindedness or even a fresh sprint of humanism. Her eloquent argument that ‘psychoanalysis teaches us to make a advantage of contingency’ can be heeded not just through students of literature and philosophy but additionally through working towards 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: the best way to Do issues with Fetishism
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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. 27 It presupposes that all of us have a distinctive way of enacting our humanness, of being “true” to ourselves, and that somewhere deep inside we possess an accurate map of that way. In Taylor’s words: “There is a certain way of being human that is my way. I am called upon to live my life in this way, and not in imitation of anyone else’s.
24 26 A WORLD OF FRAGILE THINGS The art of living opens up the field of subjective possibilities. As I have stressed all along, one of its most alluring aspects is the idea that our identities are not fixed once and for all, but remain open to constant refashioning. It is, moreover, reassuring to think that even though many dimensions of our existence are initially given to us randomly, without our input, we can aspire to build a life that is centered on what we most care about. As Nietzsche reveals, each and every component of our lives—no matter how defective, excruciating, or ludicrous—has the potential to become a part of an organic whole.
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.