A Philosophy of Boredom
By (author) Lars Svendsen
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Philosophy of Boredom by Lars Svendsen
Book DescriptionAlthough boredom is something that we have all suffered from at some point in our lives, and has become one of the central preoccupations of our age, very few of us can explain precisely what it is. In this book, Lars Svendsen examines the nature of boredom, how it originated, its history, how and why it afflicts us, and why we cannot seem to overcome it by any act of will. A diverse and vague phenomenon, described as anything from tame longing without any particular object' (Schopenhauer), a bestial and indefinable affliction' (Dostoevsky), to time's invasion of your world system' (Joseph Brodsky), boredom allows many interpretations. In exploring these, Lars Svendsen brings together observations from philosophy, literature, psychology, theology and popular culture, examining boredom's pre-Romantic manifestations in medieval torpor, philosophies of the subject from Pascal to Nietzsche, and modern related concepts of alienation and transgression, taking in texts by Samuel Beckett, J.G. Ballard, Andy Warhol and many others. A witty and entertaining account that considers a serious issue, it will appeal to anyone who has ever felt bored, and wanted to know why.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781861892171
(200mm x 120mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 28-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lars Svendsen
Philosophy of Freedom, Hardback (August 2014)
Drawing on the fascinating debates surrounding the possibility of freedom and its limits within society, A Philosophy of Freedom provides an engaging overview of modern philosophical thought on the topic.
Philosophy of Evil, Paperback (April 2010)
Svendsen has a way with words, and, unlike many writers of philosophy books, is also blessed with a sly wit and a thorough knowledge of popular culture. Phil Miller, The Glasgow Herald
Philosophy of Fear, Paperback (July 2008)» View all books by Lars Svendsen
Surveillance cameras. Airport security lines. We see manifestations of societal fears every day, and daily news reports on the latest household danger or raised terror threat level continually stoke our sense of impending doom. This book explores the underlying ideas and issues behind this powerful emotion.
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Author Biography - Lars Svendsen
Lars Fr. H. Svendsen is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen, Norway. He is the author of many books including Man, Morals and Genes: A Critique of Biologism (2001) and The Philosophy of Evil (2001). The translator, John Irons, was awarded the prestigious NORLA prize in 2007.
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