The Conflict and Tragedy of Culture
The concluding chapter situates the book’s argument about experiences of fragmentation, desires for coherence, and the struggles of everyday life in relation to broader debates about how forms of religious practice encourage particular responses to and acknowledgement of disappointment, disjunction, and the tragic conditions of life and culture. It summarizes the argument of the book’s preceding chapters, and suggests future directions for research in relation to questions of ethical subjectivity, everyday urban life, religious intersubjectivity, and techniques of the self. It concludes by addressing the role of transcendental and utopian elements in moral thinking, motivation, and desire, and how these shape both the everyday realities of religious lives and the stories people tell about their engagements with others.
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