Fragments

The Existential Situation of Our Time: Selected Essays, Volume 1

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David Tracy
  • Chicago: 
    University of Chicago Press
    , April
     2020.
     408 pages.
     $39.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780226567297.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by David Pellauer forthcoming.

Description

David Tracy is widely considered one of the most important religious thinkers in North America, known for his pluralistic vision and disciplinary breadth. His first book in more than twenty years reflects Tracy’s range and erudition, collecting essays from the 1980s to 2018 into a two-volume work that will be greeted with joy by his admirers and praise from new readers.

In the first volume, Fragments, Tracy gathers his most important essays on broad theological questions, beginning with the problem of suffering across Greek tragedy, Christianity, and Buddhism. The volume goes on to address the Infinite, and the many attempts to categorize and name it by Plato, Aristotle, Rilke, Heidegger, and others. In the remaining essays, he reflects on questions of the invisible, contemplation, hermeneutics, and public theology. Throughout, Tracy evokes the potential of fragments (understood both as concepts and events) to shatter closed systems and open us to difference and Infinity. Covering science, literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and non-Western religious traditions, Tracy provides in Fragments a guide for any open reader to rethink our fragmenting contemporary culture.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

David Tracy is the Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies and professor of theology and the philosophy of religions at the University of Chicago, where he also served on the Committee on Social Thought. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of many influential essays and ten books, including The Analogical Imagination: Christian Theology and the Culture of Pluralism, On Naming the Present: God, Hermeneutics, and Church, Plurality and Ambiguity, and Blessed Rage for Order, the last two published by the University of Chicago Press.

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