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

By Mari Ruti

Psychoanalytic viewpoint on what Western philosophers from Socrates to Foucault have referred to as “the paintings of living.”

How are our lives significant? what's the dating of loss to creativity? How do we most sensible 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 even supposing demise escapes our regulate, lifestyles isn't really anything that easily occurs to us in a passive demeanour yet is in its place a strategy that invitations our lively and energetic engagement. A global of Fragile Things bargains a relatively psychoanalytic viewpoint on “the artwork of living,” one who specializes in ongoing and ever-evolving strategies 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 one of the most enduring questions of Western thought.

"…[a] most appropriate ebook … In exploring such subtending subject matters because the relation of loss to creativity and the that 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 clean sprint of humanism. Her eloquent argument that ‘psychoanalysis teaches us to make a advantage of contingency’ could be heeded not just by means of students of literature and philosophy but in addition by means of training clinicians.” — Peter L. Rudnytsky, coeditor of Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine

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

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Furthermore, Nietzsche—like many of his ancient predecessors—aligns self-fashioning with selfmastery, positing that the self ’s agency and capacity for pleasure are enhanced by its commitment to a strict regimen of rules that gives structure to its project of self-refinement. ”15 That is, self-cultivation demands the subject’s ability to conceal, accentuate, reinterpret, and transform aspects of its being in ways that empower it to read them as parts of an internally consistent whole. For Nietzsche, the quality of the particular attributes— THE ART OF LIVING 23 whether they are appealing or not, gracious or not—is less significant than the overall pattern that they compose.

This is the case even though we know that the more voraciously we pursue happiness, the more we open ourselves to the likelihood of suffering. In this, as in so many other things, we are deeply irrational creatures. In Civilization and Its Discontents, Freud remarks that suffering threatens us from at least three directions: from our own bodies (which are predisposed to pain, decay, anxiety, and dissolution), from the external world (which can assault us with a whole array of overwhelming pressures), and from our relationships with others (which can wound us in acutely debilitating ways).

34 By the same token, we may find that it is precisely when we surrender ourselves to involvements and preoccupations that touch the world outside ourselves—when we choose to enter the folds of collective life in a real and palpable sense—that we come the closest to authenticity. After all, it is not only the passion or intensity of our sentiments, but also the dignity, acumen, and judiciousness of our outlook, that carries weight in the larger scheme of things. On this view, to confound the manner and content of authenticity is to deprive ourselves of much of what we find 34 A WORLD OF FRAGILE THINGS most rewarding.

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