This book traces the concept of melancholy in Walter Benjamin's early writings.
Author: Ilit Ferber
Publisher: Stanford University Press
This book traces the concept of melancholy in Walter Benjamin's early writings. Rather than focusing on the overtly melancholic subject matter of Benjamin's work or the unhappy circumstances of his own fate, Ferber considers the concept's implications for his philosophy. Informed by Heidegger's discussion of moods and their importance for philosophical thought, she contends that a melancholic mood is the organizing principle or structure of Benjamin's early metaphysics and ontology. Her novel analysis of Benjamin's arguments about theater and language features a discussion of the Trauerspiel book that is amongst the first in English to scrutinize the baroque plays themselves. Philosophy and Melancholy also contributes to the history of philosophy by establishing a strong relationship between Benjamin and other philosophers, including Leibniz, Kant, Husserl, and Heidegger.
Another sentiment of the true philosopher is that of the comic attitude—the
philosopher's understanding of himself as playing the fool. Hume describes the
emergence of the true philosopher from the abyss of “philosophical melancholy”
Author: Donald W. Livingston
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
The Scottish philosopher David Hume is commonly understood as the original proponent of the "end of philosophy." In this powerful new study, Donald Livingston completely revises our understanding of Hume's thought through his investigation of Hume's distinction between "true" and "false" philosophy. For Hume, false philosophy leads either to melancholy over the groundlessness of common opinion or delirium over transcending it, while true philosophy leads to wisdom. Livingston traces this distinction through all of Hume's writings, providing a systematic pathology of the corrupt philosophical consciousness in history, politics, philosophy, and literature that characterized Hume's own time as well as ours. By demonstrating how a philosophical method can be used to expose the political motivations behind intellectual positions, historical events, and their subsequent interpretations, Livingston revitalizes Hume's thought and reveals its relevance for contemporary dicussions of politics, nationalism, and ideology for the first time.
The Occult Philosophy and Melancholy: Dürer and Agrippa The famous German
artist, Albrecht Dürer, was born in 1471 and died in 1528. He was thus a
contemporary of Erasmus, Luther, and Agrippa: five years younger than Erasmus;
Author: Frances Amelia Yates
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Spanning 24 centuries, this anthology collects over 30 pieces of Western writing about melancholy and related conditions.
Author: Jennifer Radden
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Spanning 24 centuries, this anthology collects over 30 pieces of Western writing about melancholy and related conditions. It unravels an ongoing conversation across centuries and continents as thinkers interpret, respond, and build on each other's work.
The book suggests that the deceptively potent sorrow at the core of plays such as The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night or The Winter's Tale influences modern accounts of melancholia elaborated by Sigmund Freud, Judith Butler and others.
Author: J. F. Bernard
Publisher: Edinburgh Critical Studies in Shakespeare and Philosophy
Argues that Shakespeare transforms philosophies of comedy and melancholy by revising them concomitantly Iconic as Hamletis, Shakespearean comedy showcases an extraordinary reliance on melancholy that ultimately reminds us of the porous demarcation between laughter and sorrow. This richly contextualized study of Shakespeare's comic engagement with sadness contends that the playwright rethinks melancholy through comic theatre and conversely, re-theorizes comedy through melancholy. In fashioning his own comic interpretation of the humour, Shakespeare distils an impressive array of philosophical discourses on the matter, from Aristotle to Robert Burton and as a result, transforms the theoretical afterlife of both notions. The book suggests that the deceptively potent sorrow at the core of plays such as The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, or The Winter's Taleinfluences modern accounts of melancholia elaborated by Sigmund Freud, Judith Butler, and others. What's so funny about melancholy in Shakespearean comedy? It might just be its reminder that, behind roaring laughter, one inevitably finds the subtle pangs of melancholy. Key Features Offers new readings of nine Shakespearean comedies centred on their extensive, interconnected treatments of melancholy Underscores Shakespeare's significant revisions of philosophical discourses on melancholy, both classical and early modern, while tailoring the concept to specific comic purposes Argues that the particular sense of melancholy that Shakespeare develops throughout his comic canon informs later theorizations of melancholia and related concepts in psychoanalysis, performance studies and affect theory Contributes to the ongoing interdisciplinary critical effort to deepen our understanding of the nature, history and impact of melancholy on Western culture by drawing particular attention to its conflation of emotional and artistic overtones
This book will be an indispensable read for scholars, researchers and practitioners in psychology, psychoanalysis, philosophy and related fields. This book provides a thorough and insightful examination of melancholy in philosophy and art.
Author: Saitya Brata Das
Publisher: Springer Nature
This book provides a thorough and insightful examination of melancholy in philosophy and art. Since the advent of “philosophy,” the question of melancholy has been intimately connected with creativity. In addition, melancholy has taken on a new importance in contemporary discourses. Accordingly, this book revisits the fascinating question of how melancholy and creativity are linked in light of contemporary thought, and gathers studies from diverse disciplines, such as aesthetic theories, psychoanalysis, cultural theory, medical studies and sociological studies. All the contributions are trans-disciplinary in nature and will broaden readers’ understanding of various issues stemming from the question of melancholy. This book will be an indispensable read for scholars, researchers and practitioners in psychology, psychoanalysis, philosophy and related fields.
This book furthers our understanding of the issue of melancholy in early modern culture by examining the extensive discussions of melancholy in seventeenth- and eighteenth- century religious and moral philosophical publications, many of ...
Author: Jeremy Schmidt
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
This book furthers our understanding of the issue of melancholy in early modern culture by examining the extensive discussions of melancholy in seventeenth- and eighteenth- century religious and moral philosophical publications, many of which have receive
It suggests a certain tentativeness of Hume toward philosophy itself, and also
lends support to the view that history has an integral, even primary place in
Hume's philosophy. Philosophers, Hume seems to suggest, without a historical,
Author: S.P. Foster
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
This book studies the complementary features of the thought of David Hume and Edward Gibbon in the complete range of its confrontation with eighteenth-century Christianity. The ten chapters explore the iconoclasm of these two philosophical historians - Hume as the premier philosopher, Gibbon as the consummate historian - as they labored to `naturalize' the study of Christianity, particularly with attention to its social and political dimensions. No other work deals as comprehensively or thoroughly with the attempt of philosophical history's challenge to Christianity. Belief in miracles and the afterlife, the dimensions of fanaticism and superstition, and the nature of religious persecution were the themes that occupied Hume and Gibbon in the making of their critique of Christianity. This book makes a valuable contribution to scholarship in a number of fields including the history of ideas, religious studies, and philosophy. It will be of interest to philosophers of religion, historians of ideas, eighteenth-century intellectual historians, scholars of the Scottish Enlightenment, and Hume and Gibbon scholars.
Melancholy. Kant. on. Philosophy. and. Enthusiasm. Gregory R. Johnson Kant is
commonly regarded as a partisan of the Enlightenment and an opponent of
religious and philosophical enthusiasm (Schwärmerei).1 I wish to argue,
Author: Chris L. Firestone
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Presents Kant's philosophy of religion at the intersection of phenomenology and religious experience.
TheAnatomyof Melancholy is a defense ofwit—indeed, ofthesortthatErasmus
andhis contemporaries andpredecessors hadonlyto ... philosopher,”
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Author: John L. Lepage
This book examines the revival of antique philosophy in the Renaissance as a literary preoccupation informed by wit. Humanists were more inspired by the fictionalized characters of certain wise fools, including Diogenes the Cynic, Socrates, Aesop, Democritus, and Heraclitus, than by codified systems of thought. Rich in detail, this study offers a systematic treatment of wide-ranging Renaissance imagery and metaphors and presents a detailed iconography of certain classical philosophers. Ultimately, the problems of Renaissance humanism are revealed to reflect the concerns of humanists in the twenty-first century.
MELANCHOLY IN THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: CORINNE AND THE FEMME
SUPÉRIEURE Karen de Bruin. I. N ON LITERATURE —a work that could have
been entitled On Melancholy with its over thirty references to the “melancholy of ...
Author: Tili Boon Cuillé
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
This volume examines the philosophical, political, and personal convictions that informed Staël's theory of the passions and the social and aesthetic innovations to which it gave rise. Moving from her affective theory to her literary practice, we explore Staël's transformative influence on the communities of women artists she fostered.
Melancholy often qualifies ideas or feelings that are anguishing but familiar, and
somehow connected to what William Faulkner called "the agony and sweat of the
human spirit." Thus is melancholy the province of lovers, poets, philosophers ...
Author: Joshua Wolf Shenk
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
A reassessment of the life of Abraham Lincoln argues that America's sixteenth president suffered from depression and explains how Lincoln used the coping strategies he had developed to face the crises of the Civil War and personal tragedy.
The cause, therefore, of this madness, if it be anything within the body, is a
melancholy humor; not that which they call black choler, which is so obstinate
and terrible a thing, that the violence of it is said, by physicians and natural
Author: Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
Edgar Allan Poe called it "a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore." This classic work of Renaissance esoteric-by German magician and alchemist HEINRICH CORNELIUS AGRIPPA (1486-1535), one of the important figures in the occult history and philosophy of Europe-is vital reading for anyone fascinated by the Jewish Kabbalah, Christian mysteries, and other arcane traditions. This replica of an 1897 edition, featuring all the original charts and illustrations, reveals Agrippa's understanding of the mysteries of magic, the elements, the heavens, the natural and occult virtues of all things, and much more.
Hannah Arendt's Political Philosophy Joke J. Hermsen, Joke Johannetta
Hermsen, Dana Richard Villa ... Political Philosophy, Arendt analyzes the
connection between this anti-political dimension of philosophy and its “
melancholy disposition”, ...
Author: Joke J. Hermsen
Publisher: Peeters Publishers
Since early texts as "Thinking and Politics", Arendt had highlighted the contrast between philosophical and political thinking and compelled herself to find a satisfactory answer to the question: "how do philosophy and politics relate?". In her last work "Lectures on Kant's Political Philosophy" (1982), Arendt analyses the "political" dimensions of Kant's critical thinking. To think critically implies taking the viewpoints of others into account: one has to "enlarge" one's own mind by comparing our judgement with the possible judgements of others. While thinking remains a solitary activity, it does not cut itself off from all others.The essays in this book address the philosophical and moral questions raised by Arendt's attempt to draw out the political implications of "critical thinking" in Kant's sense. In one way or another, they all address the place of judgment in Arendt's thought. Arendt's turn to Kant and The Critique of Judgment was motivated by her desire to find a form of philosophizing that was not hostile to politics and the public realm. But did she really think that Kant's characterization of the judging spectator pointed the way out of the opposition between the universal and the particular, between looking at things sub specie aeternitatis and looking at things from a political point of view? To what extent did she think that Kant was successful in revealing a mode of thought oriented towards public persuasion, yet one which retained its critical independence?Each of the essays wrestles with the complexities of a complex thinker. They remind us that critical thinking or Selbstdenken is among the most difficult and rare arts, even though it is an art potentially accessible to everyone. They also remind us that Hannah Arendt was a virtuoso of this art, and of how her example points the way toward a renewal of judgment as the political faculty par excellence.