Practicing Mortality: Art, Philosophy, and Contemplative Seeing (Paperback)

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Practicing Mortality: Art, Philosophy, and Contemplative Seeing (Paperback)


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A collaborative undertaking between an artist and a philosopher, this monograph attempts to deepen our understanding of 'contemplative seeing' by addressing the works of Plato, Thoreau, Heidegger, and more. The authors explore what it means to 'see' reality and contemplate how viewing reality philosophically and artfully is a form of spirituality. In this way, by developing a new conception of active visual engagement, the authors propose a way of seeing that unites both critical scrutiny and spiritual involvement, as opposed to simple passive reception.
CHRISTOPHER DUSTIN is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Holy Cross University, USA. JOANNA ZIEGLER is Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Holy Cross University, USA.

Product Details ISBN: 9780230600911
ISBN-10: 0230600913
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2005
Pages: 253
Language: English

"Lyric, poignant, thoughtful, and lucid, Practicing Mortality is a masterpiece of the contemplative life… With quiet, beauty-filled humility, and in a seamless blending of voices that rarely occurs, Professors Ziegler and Dustin, art historian and philosopher, return pedagogy to a creative, religious significance and substance that is at once deepening and liberating…Thoroughly American, fully grounded, highly textured, radical in its candor, confident and peace-filled, Practicing Mortality is sure to become a spiritual classic: read, re-read, and read again by everyone who enters its world."--Therese Schroeder-Sheker, Chalice of Repose Project and The Catholic University of America   
"Ultimately, the aim of Practicing Mortality is to promote the ability to see differently and 'to restore our faith in appearances' . . . The Latin term for this process is mirari, which beautifully evokes both admiration and miracles, as it signifies our ability to gaze in wonder at the extraordinary sights before us. Practicing Mortality not only explicates these processes intellectually, it also performs acts of mirari for its readers- contemplative processes in which practices of admiration become acts of revelation."-- Marcia Brennan, Associate Professor of Art History, Rice University