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978-0-7391-8795-1 • Hardback • May 2014 • $121.00 • (£93.00)
978-0-7391-8796-8 • eBook • May 2014 • $109.00 • (£84.00)
Steven A. Burr has developed and taught courses in the Theology Department at Georgetown University and the graduate liberal studies program at Loyola University, Maryland.
Part I. The Ontological Situation
Chapter One: Finitude
Chapter Two: Existential Exile
Part II. Betwixt and Between
Chapter Three: Absurdity and Exile
Chapter Four: Revolt and [Re-]Union
Part III. Home
Chapter Five: Finitude and Faith, Exile and [Re-]Union
Finite Transcendence: Existential Exile and the Myth of Home is a readable and moving analysis of Camus's absurdity in terms of exile.
— Julian Young, Wake Forest University
In this dark yet optimistic book, Steven Burr demonstrates that exile is more than simply a condition of bodily displacement; it is also something basic to the ontological structure of all human existence. Every one of us is in existential exile, longing to find “home” in a world that rebuffs our desires. Burr not only challenges us to confront this ontological truth but also draws on the work of Albert Camus in order to suggest a strategy to find happiness within the limits of our finitude. Penetrating, thorough and clearly argued, FiniteTranscendence will be of interest to readers concerned with existential issues related to nihilism, human alienation and the religious quest for wholeness.
— John Marmysz, College of Marin