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Finitude

Death and the Afterlife: A Review Essay

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Robert D. Stolorow

In his timely, thought-provoking book, Death and the Afterlife, Samuel Scheffler argues persuasively that the taking for granted of such a collective afterlife underpins our valuing or caring about our various activities, projects, and involvements.

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.

Offering Thanks: Reflections On 25 Years Of A Gift of Life

Rabbi Avi Weiss | Posted 02.29.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Avi Weiss

All at once I felt what seemed like a Mack truck on my chest. The pain was excruciating. I couldn't breathe. I could hardly move. I couldn't comprehend what was happening. Until then I had felt invincible.

Review of The Fear of Insignificance: Searching for Meaning in the Twenty-first Century by Carlo Strenger

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

Philosopher-psychoanalyst Carlo Stenger has written a brilliant and timely interdisciplinary book. Drawing on many disciplines, he diagnoses the existential unease that haunts our current age.

Blues, Trauma, Finitude

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Stolorow

With roots in African music, the blues was born in the Mississippi delta as a distinctively African American musical genre in response to the de-humanizing traumas of slavery and its aftermath.