A Philosophy of Boredom
Autor SVENDSEN, Lars
An apariţie 2005
Editura Reaktion Books
Nr pagini 192
Dimensiuni 20 x 12 cm
Format Paperback

A Philosophy of Boredom

  • Cod produs: 9781861892171
  • Disponibilitate: În Stoc
  • 110,00 Lei


Although 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.

"A good, solid practical work of philosophy, in the tradition of Aristotle's Ethics . . . he has a light touch and a playful attitude."-- (03/14/2005)

"When an investigation into boredom is done well, as it is in A Philosophy of Boredom, it is positively gripping."--Times Literary Supplement (01/01/2005)

"Witty. . . . Unlike Scandinavian philosophers known for sterile prose styles, Svendsen combines droll dismissal of statistical research, incisive readings of boredom art . . . and etymological ponderings of the nuances among boredom. . . . You will not be bored reading him for the first time."-- (08/06/2006)

"An amusing, learned, and articulate philosophical study of one of humanity's prime afflictions. . . 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. You would be hard pressed to find a better book to make do with this year than this wonderful little one, which is, somehow, despite the desolation at its core, oddly uplifting."-- (02/01/2005)

"A fascinatingly modern essay on ennui and emptiness . . . Svendsen's thesis is so cool that boredom, linked with desire rather than need, suddenly seems like a desirable state of being in an agitated age."-- (04/30/2005)

"Quite fascinating"-The Times Online--Ben Macintyre"The Times Online" (04/02/2005)

"Lars Svendsen, author of A Philosophy of Boredom, is anything but boring on the subject."--Harry Mount"The Daily Telegraph" (03/10/2005)

"For a serious work of philosophy, Boredom exhibits a light touch and impressive pop-cultural range. . . . It's not boring."-- (06/08/2005)

"Far from boring, this is a highly accessible and entertaining study."--The Age (04/06/2004)

"An engaging read . . . touches upon many points which indeed are central to anthropological concerns. . . . I highly recommend this book."-- (01/01/2006)

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