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On consolation : finding solace in dark times / Michael Ignatieff.

Ignatieff, Michael, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9780805055214
  • ISBN: 0805055215
  • Physical Description: xv, 284 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books : 2021.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: After paradise -- The voice in the whirlwind : The book of Job and The book of Psalms -- Waiting for the Messiah : Paul's Epistles -- Cicero's tears : letters on the death of his daughter -- Facing the barbarians : Marcus Aurelius's Meditations -- The consolations of philosophy : Boethius and Dante -- The painting of time : El Greco's The burial of the Count of Orgaz -- The body's wisdom : Michel de Montaigne's last essays -- The unsent letter : David Hume's my own life -- The consolations of history : Condorcet's a sketch for a historical picture of the progress of the human mind -- The heart of heartless conditions : Karl Marx and The communist manifesto -- War and consolation : Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address -- Songs on the death of children : Gustav Mahler's Kindertotenlieder -- The calling : Max Weber and the Protestant ethic -- The consolations of witness : Anna Akhmatova, Primo Levi, and Miklós Radnóti -- To live outside grace : Albert Camus's The plague -- Living in truth : Václav Havel's Letters to Olga -- The good death : Cicely Saunders and the hospice.
Summary, etc.:
"When we lose someone we love, when we suffer loss or defeat, when catastrophe strikes-war, famine, pandemic-we go in search of consolation. Once the province of priests and philosophers, the language of consolation has largely vanished from our modern vocabulary, and the places where it was offered, houses of religion, are often empty. Rejecting the solace of ancient religious texts, humanity since the sixteenth century has increasingly placed its faith in science, ideology, and the therapeutic. How do we console each other and ourselves in an age of unbelief? In a series of lapidary meditations on writers, artists, musicians, and their works-from the books of Job and Psalms to Albert Camus, Anna Akhmatova, and Primo Levi-esteemed writer and historian Michael Ignatieff shows how men and women in extremity have looked to each other across time to recover hope and resilience. Recreating the moments when great figures found the courage to confront their fate and the determination to continue unafraid, On Consolation takes those stories into the present, movingly contending that we can revive these traditions of consolation to meet the anguish and uncertainties of our precarious twenty-first century"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Consolation.
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy

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