The Delay of the Heart

By David Appelbaum

Subjects: Ethics
Paperback : 9780791447680, 181 pages, November 2000
Hardcover : 9780791447673, 181 pages, November 2000

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Table of contents


1. The Heart's Delay

2. Memory

3. Embodiment

4. Initiation

5. Discrepancy

6. Search

7. Schools

8. The Guide

9. Resurrection of the Flesh

10 Conscience

11. Hope

12. Atonement




Explores themes of responsibility and initiation and offers an “initiatory ethics.”


The final installment in Appelbaum's three-volume exploration of the "intervening subject"—volumes one and two are The Stop and Disruption, also published by SUNY Press—The Delay of the Heart explores themes of responsibility and initiation and offers an "initiatory ethics." It intimates a secret of delay that is behind all traditional teachings and suggests ways that a sensitivity to a sacred obligation emerges from the heart of human experience.

David Appelbaum is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York, New Paltz and editor of Parabola magazine.


"…read this work only if you are ready for a transformational and restorative experience of language and thought. You will not walk away unchanged." — The European Legacy

"Not since Plato has the problem of 'delay' been an academic concern. In fact, the whole history of philosophy has been an effort to cover up this 'delay.' This book is a return to the origins of philosophy as opposed to the continuation of unquestioned ideology. Appelbaum is in the best of company for he is backed in this effort by modern neuroscience." — Antonio T. de Nicolas, author of Powers of Imagining: Ignatius de Loyola: A Philosophical Hermeneutic of Imagining through the Collected Works of Ignatius de Loyola

"The Delay of the Heart continues and advances the narrative begun in the two earlier volumes and fulfills their promise. Readers of those books would be wise to bring the unfolding exploration to fruition with this culminating movement. The works are integral. I see this work as opening and shaping the space of discourse for the next stage of philosophy." — Ashok Gangadean, author of Between Worlds: The Emergence of Global Reason

"As Socrates and others have pointed out, nothing is more important than self-knowledge, and nothing is more difficult. If one is motivated to get to the bottom of oneself, or closer to it, this book is a fascinating read. It flies in the face of the breathlessness and obsessiveness of the culture. It is defiant, patient, unrelenting." — Bruce Wilshire, editor of William James: The Essential Writings