Lives of the Mind
The Use and Abuse of Intelligence from Hegel to Wodehouse
By (author) Roger Kimball
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Lives of the Mind by Roger Kimball
Book DescriptionMr. Kimball, one of the best of our cultural critics, offers a lively and penetrating study of genius-and pseudo-genius-at work, and investigates the use and abuse of intelligence. Drawing on figures as various as Plutarch and Hegel, Kierkegaard and P.G. Wodehouse, Elias Canetti and Anthony Trollope, he provides a sharply observed tour of Western intellectual and artistic aspiration. "A master of the genre, as collections of his pieces attest, none more impressively than this set."-Booklist Starred Review.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781566635240
(212mm x 139mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Ivan R Dee, Inc
Publisher: Ivan R Dee, Inc
Publish Date: 17-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Roger Kimball
Ideas Have Consequences, Paperback (November 2013)
Originally published in 1948, at the height of post-World War II optimism and confidence in collective security, this title uses "words hard as cannonballs" to present an unsparing diagnosis of the ills of the modern age. It argues that the decline of Western civilization resulted from the rising acceptance of relativism over absolute reality.
Future Tense, Hardback (October 2012)View all books by Roger Kimball
Many observers assume that our culture is living through one of those "world historical moments" that Hegel talked about: a plastic moment when many of the traditional assumptions about the shape and future of the culture are suddenly in play. In this title, each essay writer steps back to reflect on where we are as a culture.
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Author Biography - Roger Kimball
Roger Kimball is managing editor of the New Criterion and an art critic for the London Spectator. His other books include Art's Prospect, Experiments Against Reality, The Long March, and Tenured Radicals. He lives in South Norwalk, Connecticut.
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