Sources of Significance: Worldly Rejuvenation and Neo-Stoic Heroism

Sources of Significance: Worldly Rejuvenation and Neo-Stoic Heroism (Paperback)

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 Sources of Significance: Worldly Rejuvenation and Neo-Stoic Heroism
Purdue University Press
6.00" x 9.00"

Book Description


Sources of Significance confronts consumer capitalism and religious fundamentalism as symptoms of death denial and degenerated cultural heroisms. Advancing and synthesizing the ideas of Ernest Becker, Kenneth Burke, Hans Jonas, Erving Goffman, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and Epictetus, this multidisciplinary work offers a sustained response and corrective. It outlines heroisms worth wanting and reveals the forms of gratitude, courage, and purpose that emerge as people come to terms with the meaning of mortality.


Corey Anton opens a contemporary dialogue spanning theism, atheism, agnosticism, and spiritualist humanism by re-examining basic topics such as language, self-esteem, ambiguity, guilt, ritual, sacrifice, and transcendence. Acknowledging the growing need for theologies that are compatible with modern science, Anton shows how today’s consumerist lifestyles distort and trivialize the need for self-worth, and he argues that each person faces the genuinely heroic tasks of contributing to the world’s beauty, harmony, and resources; of forgiving the cosmos for self-conscious finitude; and of gratefully accepting the ambiguity of life’s gifts.


Winner: 2011 Best Book Award from the Philosophy of Communication Division of the National Communication Association

About the Author(s):

Corey Anton is associate professor of communication studies at Grand Valley State University. His publications appear in journals such as Philosophy and RhetoricCommunication Theory, and Human Studies, and other books include Selfhood and Authenticity (2001) and the edited collection Valuation and Media Ecology (2010). Anton is a Fellow of the International Communicology Institute, serves on the Board of Directors for the Media Ecology Association and the Board of Trustees for the Institute of General Semantics.