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Richard Irvine

Richard Irvine is lecturer and director of teaching at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His research spans the study of religion and the environment, and he has carried out fieldwork in the UK and Mongolia. He is the author of An Anthropology of Deep Time: Geological Temporality and Social Life (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Currently, he is writing about the relevance of monastic accounts of the struggle with acedia for a contemporary understanding of isolation, despondency, and boredom.


Contemplative Prayer, Desire, and the Problem of Other People

In its embrace of solitude, contemplative prayer opens up a space of tension around the social and embodied qualities of desire.