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This accessible and jargon-free book features readings of over 20 key texts and authors in Western poetry and philosophy, including Homer, Plato, Beowulf , Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare and Rousseau. Simon Haines presents a thought-provoking and theoretically aware account of Western literature and philosophy, arguing that the history of both can be seen as a struggle between two different conceptions of the self: the 'romantic' (or dualist) vs the 'realist' or ('extended').

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781403944184
ISBN-10: 1403944180
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Pages: 214
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 23-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Simon Haines

SIMON HAINES is a member of the English Department in the School of Humanities at the Australian National University, Australia. He has also been a banker, a diplomat and an intelligence analyst. He is the author of Shelley's Poetry: The Divided Self (Macmillan, 1997) and a number of articles on poetry (especially Romantic and post-Romantic), and the connections between poetry and philosophy (especially moral and political philosophy).