Sources of Significance Worldly Rejuvenation and Neo-Stoic Heroism

ISBN-10: 1557535612
ISBN-13: 9781557535610
Edition: 2010
Authors: Corey Anton
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Description: Sources of Significance confronts consumer capitalism and religious fundamentalism as symptoms of death denial and degenerated cultural heroisms. Advancing and synthesizing the ideas of Ernest Becker, Kenneth Burke, Hans Jonas, Erving Goffman,  More...

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Publication date: 9/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682

Sources of Significance confronts consumer capitalism and religious fundamentalism as symptoms of death denial and degenerated cultural heroisms. Advancing and synthesizing the ideas of Ernest Becker, Kenneth Burke, Hans Jonas, Erving Goffman, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and Epictetus, this multidisciplinary work offers a sustained response and corrective. It outlines heroisms worth wanting and reveals the forms of gratitude, courage, and purpose that emerge as people come to terms with the meaning of mortality. Corey Anton opens a contemporary dialogue spanning theism, atheism, agnosticism, and spiritualist humanism by reexamining basic topics such as language, self-esteem, ambiguity, guilt, ritual, sacrifice, and transcendence. Adapting principles of ancient Stoicism, this book discloses modes of transcendence already within everyday discourse and action. It is vital reading for anyone who wants to understand the organic yet more than mundane nature of language, action, life, and death.

Acknowledgments
Logos, Natural Guilt, and the Human Condition
From Self-Esteem to the Modern Causa Sui Project
Logos as the Ambiguity of Merger and Division
The Cosmological Ground of Logos
Reckoning with Natural Guilt
Ritual Elements of Face-to-Face Encounters
Bartering as Ritual of Transcendence
Stoic Virtues as Heroic Ritual Practices
Epilogue: On Comic Correctives
Works Cited
Index

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