Navigating Everyday Life

Navigating Everyday Life : Exploring the Tension between Finitude and Transcendence

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Navigating Everyday Life explores the special moments, big and small, that rupture the surface of everyday life and that can help readers adjust to the disrupting effects of major life crises. Peter Adams delves into the two forces, finitude (the aspects that constrain a person to a situation) and transcendence (those aspects that enable movement beyond such constraints). Building on this framework, Adams looks at the processes and circumstances that both facilitate and block the tensions between finitude and transcendence. He then illustrates how these tensions function in the personal and existential challenges faced by five members of a modern suburban family. Their stories traverse life transitions such as separation, depression, chronic illness, injury, violence, addiction, aging, death, and forgiveness. This book is recommended for scholars and others interested in the intersections between psychology and philosophy.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 286 pages
  • 162 x 233 x 27mm | 621g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1498544541
  • 9781498544542
  • 2,521,069

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Finitude
Chapter 2: Transcendence
Chapter 3: Making Contact
Chapter 4: Arising Tension
Chapter 5: Being Called
Chapter 6: Access Interrupted
Chapter 7: Approaching a Fissure
Chapter 8: The Darker Side
Chapter 9: Navigating Predicaments
Chapter 10: Personal Mortality
Chapter 11: Life Crises
Chapter 12: Journeys of Healing
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Review quote

This is a powerful swirling narrative centered on the concepts and ways of finitude and transcendence. It brings a scholarly transdisciplinary review of central theory and research; weaving these lessons into the ordinary and extraordinary moments of people's life stories. It leads us purposefully towards explorations of healing journeys, and provides the reader with much thought, clarity, nourishment and balance. -- Bethne Hart, The University of Notre Dame Australia
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About Peter J. Adams

Peter J. Adams is professor in population health at the University of Auckland.
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