Trauma and Transcendence

Suffering and the Limits of Theory

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Eric Boynton, Peter Capretto
  • New York, NY: 
    Fordham University Press
    , August
     344 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Trauma theory has become a burgeoning site of research in recent decades, often demanding interdisciplinary reflections on trauma as a phenomenon that defies disciplinary ownership. While this research has always been challenged by the temporal, affective, and corporeal dimensions of trauma itself, trauma theory now faces theoretical and methodological obstacles given its growing interdisciplinarity. Trauma and Transcendence gathers scholars in philosophy, theology, psychoanalysis, and social theory to engage the limits and prospects of trauma’s transcendence. This volume draws attention to the increasing challenge of deciding whether trauma’s unassimilable quality can be wielded as a defense of traumatic experience against reductionism, or whether it succumbs to a form of obscurantism.

Contributors: Eric Boynton, Peter Capretto, Tina Chanter, Vincenzo Di Nicola, Ronald Eyerman, Donna Orange, Shelly Rambo, Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Hilary Jerome Scarsella, Eric Severson, Marcia Mount Shoop, Robert D. Stolorow, George Yancy.

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

Eric Boynton is Professor and Chair of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Allegheny College.

Peter Capretto is Fellow in Theology and Practice at Vanderbilt University in Religion, Psychology, and Culture.


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