On the The Darkness of the Will

Paperback, 178 pages
ISBN: 9788869771569
Date: 2018
Price: $ 16.00 / £ 12.00 / € 14,00

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“For the will desires not to be dark, and this very desire causes the darkness” (Jacob Boehme). Moving through the fundamental question of this paradox, this book offers a constellation of theoretical and critical essays that shed light on the darkness of the will: its obscurity to itself. Through indepth analysis of medieval and modern sources — Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, Eriugena, Dante, Meister Eckhart, Chaucer, Nietzsche, Cioran, Meher Baba — this volume interrogates the nature and meaning of the will, along seven modes: spontaneity, potentiality, sorrow, matter, vision, eros, and sacrifice. These multiple lines of inquiry are finally presented to coalesce around one fundamental point of agreement: the will says yes, yet only a will that knows how to say no to itself, entering the silence of its own darkness, will ever be free.

Nicola Masciandaro, Professor of English at Brooklyn College (CUNY), is a writer and theorist specializing in medieval literature. He is the editor of the journal Glossator (Open Humanities Press) and author/co-author of The Voice of the Hammer (2007), Dark Nights of the Universe (2013), Sufficient Unto the Day (2014), Floating Tomb: Black Metal Theory (2015), and SACER (2017).

 

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