Loneliness and Lament

Loneliness and Lament

A Journey to Receptivity
Patricia Huntington
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/26/2009
ISBN: 978-0-253-00290-7
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Patricia Joy Huntington reflects that loneliness does not only consist of the heartfelt absences of a friend, partner, spouse, or child, but rather stems from a radical breach in one's life journey. In this conceptually rigorous and warmly poetic book, Huntington develops a unique philosophy of receptivity and an original portrait of redemptive suffering. By fully exploring notions of pain, she also examines how the relation between the heart's musical attunement and meaning-filled life passages can lead one to a more spiritual philosophy and a more independent life. Huntington reveals the maternal face of God and encourages the feminine divine in her poignant narrative of overcoming. This deeply philosophical meditation offers a nuanced view of religious experience, providence, and transcendence.

Author Bio

Patricia Joy Huntington is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University. She is author of Ecstatic Subjects, Utopia, and Recognition: Kristeva, Heidegger, and Irigaray and co-editor of Feminist Interpretations of Martin Heidegger.


“A brave and brilliant book, which brings to bear a rich array of philosophical sources to address one of the most pressing issues women face in their lives—loneliness.”
 — Drucilla Cornell, Rutgers University

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Table of Contents

Preface: A Wayfarer's Song

Part 1. Life Is Song: The Quest for Music and Meaning
1. Fitful Dreams
2. Life and the Fight for Word
3. Primitive Aloneness: Our True Home
4. Receptivity and the Quest for Meaning-Filled Living
5. Loneliness and Deliverance
Part 2. Lamentation and Woe: The Quest for the Mother
6. Shadows of Sorrow-Filled Lamentation
7. Ode to the Cup of Bitterness
8. Pain and Bearing
9. Lamentation and Sorrow
10. Tears for Want of Comforting Protection
11. Loneliness Whom I Must Befriend
12. Where Joy and Sorrow Meet
Part 3. Intimacy and Bearing: The Quest for the Father
13. Life's Masculine Character
14. For What Are We Set Up?
15. Soft Words for Mother
16. For What Divine Operation Are We Set Up?
17. Journey to the Land Where Heart Grows
18. Pain and Intimacy: The Pause in Bearing
19. One Step... along the Way
20. A Resonant Chorus

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