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The Way of Suffering : A Geography of Crisis - Jerome Miller

The Way of Suffering

A Geography of Crisis

Paperback Published: 1st June 1988
ISBN: 9780878404667
Number Of Pages: 203
For Ages: 22+ years old

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This book can best be described as an extended meditation on suffering, phenomenological in method and dialectical in point of view. The angle the author takes is that of moral self-examination rather that conventional scholarly inquiry, and his aim is to think through and evaluate a fundamental claim of our culture, from Aeschylus to Solzhenitsyn, that suffering is the greatest spiritual teacher.

To bring the argument closer to home, Professor Miller focuses on the experience of crisis as the undermining of our attempts, at all costs, to keep control of our lives. This leads him to discuss topics such as the nature of vulnerability, the difference -- as sketched by Heidegger -- between ordinary fear and metaphysical dread, the ordinary avoidance of suffering, and the heroic willingness to embrace it exemplified by Nietzsche'sThus Spake Zarathustra.

But this is a philosophical essay, not a historical monograph, and Miller's goal is to lead the reader ever deeper in to the heart of crisis where all our illusions about control are stripped away and we forced to face, like Oedipus, the harshest reality of all: that even our existence is not something we can claim as our own. It is here, and only here, Miller claims, the issue of religious conversion can be and must be seriously faced.

This is a demanding book, as exhilarating as it is relentless in its unmasking of the evasions and duplicities with which we shore up our day-to-day lives. The late William F. Lynch, SJ, author ofChrist and Apollo, called it "a profoundly moral study of man." To read it is to risk changing your life.

A Word on Mapmakingp. ix
Point of Departurep. 1
The Closed Home: Ordinary Existence as the Will to Controlp. 7
The Open Home: Generosity as the Welcoming of Strangersp. 21
Beginning the Journey: The Experience of Dislocation and Homelessnessp. 43
Embracing Abysses: Heroism and the Will to Greatnessp. 73
Vicissitudes of Shamep. 105
Prostrationp. 129
Epilogue: The End of All Arrivingp. 177
Notesp. 189
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ISBN: 9780878404667
ISBN-10: 087840466X
Series: The Way of Suffering
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 203
Published: 1st June 1988
Publisher: GEORGETOWN UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.32