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Creating a Human World

A New Psychological and Religious Anthropology In Dialogue with Freud, Heidegger, and Kierkegaard

Distributed for University of Scranton Press

Creating a Human World

A New Psychological and Religious Anthropology In Dialogue with Freud, Heidegger, and Kierkegaard

In Creating a Human World, Trappist monk and scholar Ernest Daniel Carrere explores what it means to be fully human, to live in a shared world, and to resist the easy tendency to flee reality and seek pleasure in material pursuits. To do so he examines the writings of three great modern thinkers—Sigmund Freud, Martin Heidegger, and Søren Kierkegaard—and proposes a new reading of their work in light of his own understanding of New Testament teachings.

Carrere elucidates the paradoxical spiritual truth that salvation lies not in an escape from humanity, but in embracing it.  An interdisciplinary tour de force, this book will appeal to anyone interested in philosophy, psychology, religion, or cultural anthropology.

281 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2006

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Philosophy: General Philosophy

Psychology: Social Psychology

Religion: Philosophy of Religion, Theology, and Ethics

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Creating a Human World is a a valuable and entirely unique contribution that develops an account of why it is that we are tempted to deny our own finitude, clinging to selfish and ultimately destructive illusions of power, and how we might radically open ourselves to a more authentic engagement with the finite world. It is a timely and insightful work, which provides a cogent diagnosis of our spiritual predicament and makes an urgent plea for the only kind of remedy that might help us to live well as contingent beings. Its synthesis of these three thinkers is not duplicated by any other work.” —Rick A. Furtak, Colorado College

Rick A. Furtak

"If making room for the Other is a watchword of contemporary phenomenology, Carrere’s Creating a Human World is a reminder of the concrete dimensions of the task. With Kierkegaard and Heidegger as his guides, Carrere faces the baffling reversals of Freud’s theory of instincts and traces an eye-opening reading of the enigma which dominates Beyond the Pleasure Principle--that of a death instinct which would shield us from our mortality. This is a compelling presentation of the thought of Kierkegaard, Freud, and Heidegger, one which does justice to their strenuous, and at time courageous, pursuit of our human reality."

Vanessa Rumble, Boston College

Table of Contents

1.  To Be or Not to Be
Ego, Eros, and the Pleasure Principle
2.  Symbiosis and Seduction
Kierkegaard, Freud, and das Man
3.  Individual Integrity
Heidegger’s Dasein
4.  The Trauma of Death
Studies on Hysteria
5.  Primordial Finitude
Inhibitions, Symptoms, and Anxiety
6.  Dynamics of Rejection and Retrieval
Freud and Heidegger
7.  A Shared World
Exodus and Beyond
8.  Celebrations
Opening Horizons and Heidegger’s Way
9.  Embracing the Earth
Kierkegaard and Kenosis
10.  Beginning Anew
Envoi and Cross-Cultural Entrée

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