* Offers an innovative approach to understanding the Modernist literary mind in Britain. * Helps readers to grasp the intellectual and cultural contexts of literary Modernism. * Organised around contemporary ideas such as Freudianism and eugenics rather than literary genres.
Philosopher, dramatist, rhetorician, Stoic and pragmatist, Seneca was one of the most contradictory figures in ancient Rome, embracing a stern ascetic morality while amassing a fortune under Nero and eventually committing suicide. This biography reveals a life lived perilously in the gap between ideals and reality.
Throughout history, philosophers have devised ingenious thought experiments to find solutions to the most fiendish of problems. The world's greatest thinkers have grappled with puzzles such as Free Will, Personal Identity and the Problem of Other Minds. Step into this intriguing world and try your own hand at such conundrums. Weigh up the possible outcomes to decide What Will the Crocodile Do?; ask yourself Can You Be Responsible for What is Unavoidable?; shake up your logical thinking and ponder Is It Rational to Believe in Monsters under the Bed? and figure out an honorable solution to Should You Run Over the Fat Man? This book will hone your mental skills, blow your preconceptions out of the water, and make you think twice about your daily decisions.
Practically ignored for over 200 years, Mary Astell's writing returned to prominence in the latter part of the 20th century in a celebrated biography by Ruth Perry. Self-educated, Astell was an avid political thinker, philosopher, educationalist & early feminist. Until recently, little attention has been paid to her importance.
What is culture? Why should we preserve it, and how? This book defends Western culture against its internal critics and external enemies, and argues that rumours of its death are seriously exaggerated. It shows our culture to be a continuing source of moral knowledge.
This book examines Gilles Deleuze's ideas about creativity in the context of lifelong learning, offering an original take on this important contemporary topic using cinematic parallels. Discussing Deleuze's difficult notion of 'counter-actualization' as a form of creative practice, it draws practical consequences for those across a diverse sector.
This is the book that introduced deconstruction as a tool for literary and cultural theorists throughout the English-speaking world, and set the ball rolling for the subsequent controversies over the use of theory to study liuterature.
Explains and explores key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards an understanding of demanding material. This guide begins with the question of 'What is Existentialism?' and then moves on to provide an analysis of the key thinkers, writers and texts - both philosophical and literary - central to existentialism.
Offers an account of Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics" - a key philosophical work. This book sets Aristotle's work in context, introduces the major themes and provides a detailed discussion of the key sections and passages of the text. It goes on to explore some of the areas of thought that the "Nicomachean Ethics" has impacted upon.
Jacques Derrida is one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. This guide provides students with an introduction to Derrida, the key concepts and ideas associated with his work and the major subjects he addresses. It also introduces Derrida's ideas, work, reception and his wider philosophical and critical influence.
Martin Heidegger is one of the twentieth century's controversial philosophers. This title provides an account of Heidegger's philosophy, suitable for the student who needs to reach an understanding of this important thinker. It covers Heidegger's oeuvre, offering not only exposition of "Being and Time", but also his later work.
It is widely agreed that Plato laid the foundations for the whole history of western thought and, well over 2000 years later, his work is still studied by every student of philosophy. This title provides an account of Plato's philosophy, his major works and ideas, providing a guide to the important thought of this key philosopher.
With an exploration of 2,500 years of Western philosophy. This title takes you from the origins of philosophy to the present day, from Plato to Popper and into the future. It includes thoughts on our modern society, exploring science and democracy, and posing the question: where do we go from here?
This new edition of Genevieve Lloyd's classic study of the maleness of reason in philosophy contains a new introduction and bibliographical essay assessing the book's place in the explosion of writing and gender since 1984.
John Harris presents a defence of cloning, by exposing the rhetorical nature of the arguments against it. He tackles each of the myths in turn and argues that some of the most cherished human values, such as the right to start a family and freedom from state control, actually support the case for cloning.
Helps those who want to argue well and think critically. Using topical examples, this book includes such entries as: Principle of Charity; Lawyer's Answer; Least Worst Option; Poisoning the Well; Sentimentality; Sunk Cost Fallacy; Weasel Words; and, 'You would say that wouldn't you'.
How do we know what we 'know'? How did we - as individuals and as a society - come to accept certain knowledge as fact? This title questions the reliability of our assumptions on knowledge. It investigates the relationship between 'individual' and 'scientific' knowledge.
In this introduction, Nicholas Dent covers the whole of Rousseau's thought. Beginning with a helpful overview of Rousseau's life and works, he introduces and assesses Rousseau's central ideas and arguments.
The language we use when we are in love is not a language we speak, for it is addressed to ourselves and to our imaginary beloved. This book revives - beyond the psychological or clinical enterprises which have characterised such researches in our culture - the notion of the amorous subject.
'Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains' is the dramatic opening line of The Social Contract, published in 1762. It laid the groundwork for both the American and French Revolutions. This translation includes Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality Among Men and The Social Contract in full.
The companion volume to Keith Ansell Pearson's hugely successful Viroid Life.Taking its orientation from the though of Gilles Deleuze, Germinal Life embarks on a fascinating tour of ethology, biology, ethics, literature and cyborgs.
Written specifically for the beginner this book provides an overall perspective of Hume's work, dealing specifically with Hume's masterpieces, The Treatise on Human Nature and The Dialogues on Natural Religion.
An introductory textbook on the ethics of our treatment of animals. With the beginner firmly in mind, each chapter introduces one of three standard approaches in ethical theory: utilitarianism, rights and virtue ethics.
Bertrand Russell was one of the most influential figures of the 20th century and his autobiography is one of the most compelling and vivid ever written. This compact paperback edition contains an introduction by Michael Foot.
Charts the struggle between freedom and control, two determining forces in 19th-century history, from the defeat of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna to the lead-up to the First World War. Russell also considers the founding of democracy in America and the emerging Imperialism in Europe.
Introduces and assesses Berkeley's life and the background to the Principles, the ideas and text in the Principles, Berkeley's continuing importance to philosophy. Essential reading for students coming to Berkeley for the first time.
This is a fascinating and beautifully written book on what philosophy can tell us about humour and about what it is to be human. It will fascinate and intrigue anyone with a sense of humour, which hopefully is all of us.
An introduction to the thinking of the French intellectual, Roland Barthes, as applied to such diverse topics as Gide, Garbo, striptease, photography and the Eiffel Tower. The pieces in this collection were written over a period of three decades.
Examining the themes of presence and absence, the relationship between photography and theatre, history and death, these 'reflections on photography' begin as an investigation into the nature of photographs. Then, as Barthes contemplates a photograph of his mother as a child, the book becomes an exposition of his own mind.
This new biography, which includes a preface by Tom Conley, covers many aspects of Blaise Pascal's life and work that are seldom found side by side: his religious motivations and his belief in miracles, his scientific passions, his practical savvy and the aphorisms of the Pensees, so influential worldwide.