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    Against Interpretation...

    Against Interpretation and Other Essays

    Engelstalig. Paperback, in zeer goede staat

    A series of provocative discussions on everything from individual authors to contemporary religious thinking, Against Interpretation and Other Essays is the definitive collection of Susan Sontag's best known and important works published in Penguin Modern Classics.

    Against Interpretation was Susan Sontag's first collection of essays and made her name as one of the most incisive thinkers of our time. Sontag was among the first critics to write about the intersection between 'high' and 'low' art forms, and to give them equal value as valid topics, shown here in her epoch-making pieces 'Notes on Camp' and 'Against Interpretation'. Here too are impassioned discussions of Sartre, Camus, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, Lévi-Strauss, science-fiction movies, psychoanalysis and contemporary religious thought. Originally published in 1966, this collection has never gone out of print and has been a major influence on generations of readers, and the field of cultural criticism, ever since.

    Susan Sontag (1933-2004) was born in Manhattan and studied at the universities of Chicago, Harvard and Oxford. She is the author of four novels - The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover and In America, which won the 2000 US National Book Award for fiction - a collection of stories, several plays, and six books of essays, among them Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors. Her books are translated into thirty-two languages. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work, and in 2003 she received the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.

    If you enjoyed Against Interpretation and Other Essays, you might like Sontag's On Photography, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

    'A dazzling intellectual performance'

    'Sontag offers enough food for thought to satisfy the most intellectual of appetites'
    The Times

    Susan Sontag ;

    € 8,50

    Existentialism is a...

    Existentialism is a Humanism

    Engelstalige paperback, in goede staat

    A fresh translation of two seminal works of existentialism

    "To understand Jean-Paul Sartre is to understand something important about the present time."—Iris Murdoch

    "Sartre matters because so many fundamental points of his analysis of the human reality are right and true, and because their accuracy and veracity entail real consequences for our lives as individuals and in social groups."—Benedict O'Donohoe, Philosophy Now

    It was to correct common misconceptions about his thought that Jean-Paul Sartre, the most dominent European intellectual of the post-World War II decades, accepted an invitation to speak on October 29, 1945, at the Club Maintenant in Paris. The unstated objective of his lecture (“Existentialism Is a Humanism”) was to expound his philosophy as a form of “existentialism,” a term much bandied about at the time. Sartre asserted that existentialism was essentially a doctrine for philosophers, though, ironically, he was about to make it accessible to a general audience. The published text of his lecture quickly became one of the bibles of existentialism and made Sartre an international celebrity.

    The idea of freedom occupies the center of Sartre’s doctrine. Man, born into an empty, godless universe, is nothing to begin with. He creates his essence—his self, his being—through the choices he freely makes (“existence precedes essence”). Were it not for the contingency of his death, he would never end. Choosing to be this or that is to affirm the value of what we choose. In choosing, therefore, we commit not only ourselves but all of mankind. This book presents a new English translation of Sartre’s 1945 lecture and his analysis of Camus’s The Stranger, along with a discussion of these works by acclaimed Sartre biographer Annie Cohen-Solal. This edition is a translation of the 1996 French edition, which includes Arlette Elkaïm-Sartre’s introduction and a Q&A with Sartre about his lecture.

    Jean-Paul Sartre ;

    € 5,00

    Letters from a Stoic

    Letters from a Stoic

    gebonden hardcover (geen omslag), Engels, als nieuw

    A new series of beautiful hardcover nonfiction classics, with covers designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith

    World-changing ideas meet eye-catching design: the best titles of the extraordinarily successful Great Ideas series are now packaged in Coralie Bickford-Smith’s distinctive, award-winning covers. Whether on a well-curated shelf or in your back pocket, these timeless works of philosophical, political, and psychological thought are absolute must-haves for book collectors as well as design enthusiasts.

    A philosophy that saw self-possession as the key to an existence lived "in accordance with nature," Stoicism called for the restraint of animal instincts and the severing of emotional ties. These beliefs were formulated by the Athenian followers of Zeno in the fourth century BC, but it was in Seneca that the Stoics found their most eloquent advocate. Stoicism, as expressed in the Letters, helped ease pagan Rome's transition to Christianity, for it upholds upright ethical ideals and extols virtuous living, as well as expressing disgust for the harsh treatment of slaves and the inhumane slaughter witnessed in the Roman arenas. Seneca's major contribution to a seemingly unsympathetic creed was to transform it into a powerfully moving and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind. Robin Campbell's distinguished translation captures Seneca's humour and concise, memorable aphorisms and his introduction discusses the tensions between Seneca's philosophy and his turbulent career as adviser to the tyrannical emperor Nero.

    For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

    Seneca ; Robin Campbell (transl., intrd.);

    € 13,50

    Geluk, Een geschiedenis

    Geluk, Een geschiedenis

    Dikke paperback in goede staat.

    Geluk is in onze moderne tijd een dure plicht geworden. We gaan ervan uit, dat geluk te realiseren is, dat het goed is om plezier in het leven te hebben en dat men pijn het beste kan proberen te vermijden. De vraag is, of we daar gelukkiger van worden. Hoe komen we aan de overtuiging dat we gelukkig moeten zijn? Waarom en sinds wanneer neemt het begrip 'geluk' zo'n belangrijke plaats in onze gedachten? Wanneer werd het najagen van geluk een recht, zelfs een morele plicht, zodat je je haast schuldig moet voelen als je niet gelukkig bent?
    Geluk. Een geschiedenis geeft antwoord op al deze vragen. De Amerikaanse historicus Darrin McMahon onderwerpt de Westerse obsessie voor geluk aan een onderzoek en laat zien dat de zoektocht naar het persoonlijk geluk een moderne uitvinding is, met een rijk verleden. McMahon gaat te rade bij antieke en klassieke denkers en houdt christelijke begrippen als Lot en Zondeval onder de loep. Vlijmscherp en erudiet analyseert McMahon niet alleen hoe en sinds wanneer we het geluk najagen, maar ook waarom dat een hachelijke zaak is. Zijn uiteindelijke doel: de ontmaskering van het geluksbegrip. Zijn middel: het goed vertelde verhaal, dat in zijn capabele handen een heldere, toegankelijke en stijlvol geschreven ideeëngeschiedenis oplevert.
    Het geluksdenken kwam op in de Verlichting. In die periode stelden filosofen voor het eerst dat het najagen van geluk het voornaamste doel van de mens is. Dat was een heel radicale stelling, voor die tijd ging men er van uit dat een sterveling geen invloed heeft op zijn eigen welbevinden; alles was immers afhankelijk van het lot, of van een god. Of, zoals het in de Griekse oudheid werd gesteld: noem niemand gelukkig, totdat hij dood is. Ook Augustinus stelde dat ons streven naar geluk tevergeefs is vanwege de zondeval. Het ware geluk zou pas na de dood te vinden zijn. De Verlichtingsfilosofen braken radicaal met deze denkwijze door geluk te beschouwen als een universeel recht: hét criterium om alle menselijke ervaringen aan af te meten.

    Darrin M. McMahon;

    € 5,99
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