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A terrible love of war

Author: James Hillman
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2004.
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"War fosters an impossible collection of opposites: murder, soldierly comradeship, torture, religious conviction, the destruction of the earth, patriotism, annihilation, hope for immortal glory. Wartime seems to propel life to its most vivid, most meaningful level. Engaged in the activity of destruction, its soldiers and its victims discover a profound sense of existing, of being human. The mind withdraws from this  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Hillman
ISBN: 1594200114 9781594200113 0143034928 9780143034926
OCLC Number: 54001479
Description: 256 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: War is normal --
War is inhuman --
War is sublime --
Religion is war.
Responsibility: James Hillman.
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A psychologist and author of 'The Force of Character' examines the origin, needs, and rewards of war, filling the void of why no one understands why war is constant in history by asking such  Read more...

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"Important reading for our time, as we try to make sense of our terrors." San Francisco Chronicle"[Hillman s] portrayal of war as an implacable force, a primary element of the human condition, is Read more...

 
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