David Farrell Krell, The Sea: A Philosophical Encounter – Bloomsbury, 2019

9781350076723.jpgDavid Farrell Krell, The Sea: A Philosophical Encounter – Bloomsbury, 2019

Humankind has a profound and complex relationship with the sea, a relationship that is extensively reflected in biology, psychology, religion, literature and poetry. The sea cradles and soothes us, we visit it often for solace and inspiration, it is familiar, being the place where life ultimately began. Yet the sea is also dark and mysterious and often spells catastrophe and death. The sea is a set of contradictions: kind, cruel, indifferent. She is a blind will that will ‘have her way’. In exploring this most capricious of phenomena, David Farrell Krell engages the work of an array of thinkers and writers including, but not limited to, Homer, Thales, Anaximander, Heraclitus, Plato, Aristotle, Hölderlin, Melville, Woolf, Whitman, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Schelling, Ferenczi, Rank and Freud.

The Sea explores the significance in Western civilization of the catastrophic and generative power of the sea and what humankind’s complex relationship with it reveals about the human condition, human consciousness, temporality, striving, anxiety, happiness and mortality.

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2 Responses to David Farrell Krell, The Sea: A Philosophical Encounter – Bloomsbury, 2019

  1. Ron Sexton says:

    On this side of the Atlantic, SUNY Press has published this
    The cudgel and the caress : reflections on cruelty and tenderness / David Farrell Krell.
    Publisher Albany : State University of New York Press, [2019]

  2. Karen Matuza Swan says:

    Yes, tears, sweat and especially the sea are healing elements for humans. We heal through tears, sweaty workouts or just gazing or bathing in the ocean The salt seems to purify us in a way no other water or element can purify us. Love your depth of thinking about the sea.

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