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Understanding Death as Life’s Paradox

Author(s): Brayton Polka

Book Description

This book focuses on death as life’s paradox in order to test, to put on trial, what it means for us human beings to exist. No one of us chooses to be born. Yet, having been born, we must choose to have been born, to live, to exist. To exist is to choose to exist. To choose to exist is to live with our choices. This text argues that death is the limit of life, that we can live freely and lovingly, at once justly and compassionately, solely within the limit of death. It shows that we can develop a comprehensive conception of life, and also of death, solely insofar as we learn to overcome the dualistic opposition between philosophy and theology that continues today to falsify our understanding of not only the secular, but also the sacred.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-3181-9
ISBN-10: 1-5275-3181-3
Date of Publication: 01/06/2019
Pages / Size: 244 / A5
Price: £61.99


Brayton Polka is Emeritus Professor of Humanities and Senior Scholar at York University, Canada. His main research focus is the relationship of philosophy and theology, specifically the relationship of the secular and the religious in modernity, on which he has published numerous books and articles. In making hermeneutics—the question of what it means to interpret a text—central to his work, his overall thesis is that the hermeneutical origin of modernity, of our modern values, at once historical and ontological, is biblical.