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The virtues of disillusionment

Author: Steven Heighton
Publisher: Edmonton, Alberta : AU Press, [2020] ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Most people go through life chasing illusions of success, fame, wealth, happiness, and few things are more painful than the reality-revealing loss of an illusion. But if illusions are negative, why is the opposite, being disillusioned, also negative? In this essay based on his inaugural writer-in-residence lecture at Athabasca University, internationally acclaimed writer Steven Heighton mathematically evaluates the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Heighton, Steven, 1961-
Virtues of disillusionment.
Edmonton, Alberta : AU Press, 2020
(OCoLC)1162871960
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Heighton
ISBN: 9781771993265 177199326X
OCLC Number: 1162849926
Description: x, 36 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Steven Heighton.

Abstract:

"Most people go through life chasing illusions of success, fame, wealth, happiness, and few things are more painful than the reality-revealing loss of an illusion. But if illusions are negative, why is the opposite, being disillusioned, also negative? In this essay based on his inaugural writer-in-residence lecture at Athabasca University, internationally acclaimed writer Steven Heighton mathematically evaluates the paradox of disillusionment and the negative aspects of hope. Drawing on writers such as Herman Melville, Leonard Cohen, Kate Chopin, and Thich Nhat Hanh, Heighton considers the influence of illusions on creativity, art, and society. This meditation on language and philosophy reveals the virtues of being disillusioned and, perhaps, the path to freedom."--

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