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Resurrective Ideology

The Tragic and the Metaphysical

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Robert D. Stolorow

It is my view that the lamentable, endlessly recurring cycle of atrocity and counter-atrocity that has been so characteristic of human history derives significantly from the turning to metaphysical illusion in the effort to evade the traumatizing impact of human finitude.

The Boston Marathon Bombing as a Collective Trauma

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 06.19.2013 | Crime
Robert D. Stolorow

A tragedy like this brings us face-to-face with our existential vulnerabilities -- vulnerabilities to harm, death, and loss -- and the existential vulnerability of all those we love and, perhaps worst of all, the limitedness or our ability to protect them.

Trauma, Death, and Resurrection: A Russian-American Conversation

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 11.07.2011 | World
Robert D. Stolorow

(An invited conversation between myself [RDS] and Russian social philosopher and journalist Sergei Roganov [SR].) RDS: You were kind enough to contac...

The Meaning and the Rhetoric of Evil: Auschwitz and Bin Laden

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 08.27.2011 | World
Robert D. Stolorow

Is there an alternative to ideological illusion and the rhetoric of evil? Yes, there is. We must remember our common human vulnerabilities and bring them into a collective conversation within which our existential anxiety can be held and better borne.

Death and Resurrection

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 07.03.2011 | World
Robert D. Stolorow

The terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 was a devastating collective trauma that inflicted a rip in the fabric of the American psyche. In horrifyin...

'Empathic Civilization' in an Age of Trauma

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert D. Stolorow

If we can help one another bear the darkness rather than evade it, perhaps one day we will be able to see the light.