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Introduction I 1 The Ethical Significance of the Human Relationship to Place 2 The Start of Real Thinking 3 On Scholem, Ruusbroec and Exegesis 4 Imagination, Psychagogy and Ontology 5 Mostly on Prayer 6 Seeing into Things: Suhrawardi and Mandelstam II 7 A Mandelstamian Generation in China 8 Poetry as Pneumatic Force 9 Fresh Coherence 10 Turning the Soul Around: The Ascetical Practice of Philosophy in the Republic 11 Negative Theological Meditations: Apophasis and Its Politics 12 Thinking the Rule of Benedict within Modernity 13 Thomas Merton's Novitiate Talks on Cistercian Usages and Richard Kearney's Theandrism III 14 A Poetics of Decolonization 15 Contemplative Experience; Autochthonous Practice 16 Faith and Land 17 Nothingness Epilogue: At the Foot of WMIETEN Dramatis Personae Glossary Acknowledgements Reading Permissions Index
With The Larger Conversation, Tim Lilburn completes a manifesto on poetics, eros, philosophy, and enviro-politics that began with the classic Living in the World As If It Were Home (Cormorant Books). A Governor General's Award winner, he lives and teaches in Victoria, British Columbia.
"It takes a poet to see the extraordinary in the mundane.... This
is reading for the joy of it." [Full review at
https://www.blacklocks.ca/book-review-going-home] -- Holly Doan *
Blacklock's Reporter *
"In a series of essays, lectures, confessions, and interviews, all based on years of reading and research, Lilburn shares not new but old, reclaimed ways of thinking-long-ignored riches from the Christian, Judaic and Islamic contemplative wisdom traditions.... In order to undo the Western extractive, colonial approach to land-one that uses, warehouses, and dominates-we have to return to our former strengths, what Lilburn calls 'cognitive rebar.' What justice asks of us is that we do the work to prepare for conversation." [Full article at http://www.focusonvictoria.ca/novdec2017/the-larger-conversation-contemplation-and-place-r5/] -- Amy Reiswig * Focus Magazine *
"This book is exactly what I think is required in the emerging scholarly and literary work on decolonization in Canada. This isn't a dry and heavy academic text marking up conceptual territory: territorializing knowledge with confusing title and jargon... This book is much more in the traditions of mystical contemplative philosophy." -- Cary Campbell * SubTerrain *
"This collection of essays is the third in a series of books in which Lilburn reflects on his own sense of rootlessness, often as a cultural phenomenon. The current book's emphasis on the colonial condition is new...[The] construal at the heart of the book is individual and specific: North Americans of European descent suffer from a colonial malaise consisting significantly of a malformed relation to place." -- Carolyn Richardson * The Fiddlehead *
"[Lilburn] feels that beneath 'the smoothness, the relative fine running of late capitalism,' there's a disturbing hunger... And why? Because, argues Lilburn, through chapters on philosophical inquiry, spiritual struggle, deep ecological concern, and unsparing self-confession, we have not truly learned how to live on this land so relatively new to us, a land acquired in many ways through violence and dishonesty... What Lilburn attempts in this larger conversation is to find a way back, through earnest inquiry with philosophers, mystics, poets, and saints stretching back thousands of years, to the 'essence of nature'..." [Full review at https://thestarphoenix.com/entertainment/books/book-reviews-lilburn-searches-for-meaning-peeteetuce-creates-scathing-depiction-of-phoniness] -- Bill Robertson * Saskatoon StarPhoenix *
"In 1999, writer and poet Tim Lilburn published the non-fiction work Living in the World as if It Were Home, a meditation on humanity's relationship with the natural environment that has become a classic and was the first book in a loose trilogy examining the connections between politics, environmentalism, philosophy, and modernity. Eighteen years later, the final part of the trilogy, a volume of contemplative essays, is available from UAP." * Quill & Quire *
"The Larger Conversation is a beautiful, patient, and persistent philosophical work.... Lilburn suggests that in entering a relationship with place, with any specific place that we care about, we can be seen by place and thus be given our identity-indeed our Being-through a kind of grace. I love this argument and line of thought for its beauty and practicality. It offers a true way to move forward from the colonial past by first making changes to how we perceive reality-a reality that we constantly misunderstand-about how and why and who we are in place." [Full review at http://canlit.ca/article/being-seen-by-place/] -- Susie DeCoste * Canadian Literature 236 *