Finite Transcendence : Existential Exile and the Myth of Home
Finite Transcendence: Existential Exile and the Myth of Home introduces and situates "existential exile" as an experience of the fundamental finitude of human existence and demonstrates how a particular way of responding in faith may enable one to find home in exile. Using the literary and philosophical oeuvre of Albert Camus as a model, this book demonstrates the manner in which mythic literature can both present and engage the condition of exile toward its possible transcendence.
- Hardback | 210 pages
- 152.4 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
- 01 May 2014
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Finite Transcendence: Existential Exile and the Myth of Home is a readable and moving analysis of Camus's absurdity in terms of exile. -- Julian Young, Wake Forest University In this dark yet optimistic book, Steven Burr demonstrates that exile is more than simply a condition of bodily displacement; it is also something basic to the ontological structure of all human existence. Every one of us is in existential exile, longing to find "home" in a world that rebuffs our desires. Burr not only challenges us to confront this ontological truth but also draws on the work of Albert Camus in order to suggest a strategy to find happiness within the limits of our finitude. Penetrating, thorough and clearly argued, Finite Transcendence will be of interest to readers concerned with existential issues related to nihilism, human alienation and the religious quest for wholeness. -- John Marmysz, College of Marin
About Steven A. Burr
Steven A. Burr has developed and taught courses in the Theology Department at Georgetown University and the graduate liberal studies program at Loyola University, Maryland.
Table of contents
Part I. The Ontological Situation Chapter One: Finitude Chapter Two: Existential Exile Part II. Betwixt and Between Chapter Three: Absurdity and Exile Chapter Four: Revolt and [Re-]Union Part III. Home Chapter Five: Finitude and Faith, Exile and [Re-]Union