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A Philosophy of Boredom
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 176

A Philosophy of Boredom

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.

Fashion
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 188

Fashion

Donatella Versace and Jean-Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent and Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci: fashion is at once a familiar yet mysteriously elite world that we all experience, whether we’re buying a new pair of jeans, reading Vogue, or watching the latest episode of America’s Next Top Model. Lars Svendsen dives into this world in Fashion: A Philosophy, exploring the myths, ideas, and history that makes up haute couture, the must-have trends over the centuries, and the very concept of fashion itself. Fashionopens with an exploration of all the possible meanings encompassed by the word ‘fashion’, as Svendsen probes its elusive place in art, politics, and history. Ultimat...

A Philosophy of Evil
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 306

A Philosophy of Evil

"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

A Philosophy of Fear
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 192

A Philosophy of Fear

Surveillance cameras. Airport security lines. Barred store windows. We see manifestations of societal fears everyday, and daily news reports on the latest household danger or raised terror threat level continually stoke our sense of impending doom. In A Philosophy of Fear, Lars Svendsen now explores the underlying ideas and issues behind this powerful emotion, as he investigates how and why fear has insinuated itself into every aspect of modern life. Svendsen delves into science, politics, sociology, and literature to explore the nature of fear. He examines the biology behind the emotion, from the neuroscience underlying our “fight or flight” instinct to how fear induces us to take irrat...

A Philosophy of Freedom
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

A Philosophy of Freedom

Freedom of speech, religion, choice, will—humans have fought, and continue to fight, for all of these. But what is human freedom really? Taking a broad approach across metaphysics, politics, and ethics, Lars Svendsen explores this question in his engaging book, while also looking at the threats freedom faces today. Though our behaviors, thoughts, and actions are restricted by social and legal rules, deadlines, and burdens, Svendsen argues that the fundamental requirement for living a human life is the ability to be free. A Philosophy of Freedom questions how we can successfully create meaningful lives when we are estranged from the very concept of freedom. Svendsen tackles such issues as t...

Work
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 138

Work

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2008
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  • Publisher: Routledge

"Work is, for almost all of us, an unavoidable feature of our daily lives. Whether we see it as a curse, or a blessing, what we choose to do, day in day out, shapes our attitude to the world and to ourselves. In this thought-provoking book, Lars Svendsen explores the part work plays in our search for a happy and fulfilling life." "In a narrative that takes us from Marx to "McJobs", Fordism to "funsultants", Svendsen shows that despite our moaning, for most of us, life without work would probably fill us with despair. Not only is it generally good for our physical and mental health (burn out is more likely to come from leisure than work), it gives us a sense of purpose, an identity and a soci...

Work
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 182

Work

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2015-12-22
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  • Publisher: Routledge

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important." - Bertrand Russell Work is one of the most universal features of human life; virtually everybody spends some part of their life at work. It is often associated with tedium and boredom, in conflict with the things we would otherwise love to do. The idea of work primarily as a burden was also shared by the philosophers in ancient Greece, who generally regarded work as a curse. And yet research shows that it prolongs life and is generally good for people’s physical and mental health. Why is this? What is the meaning of work? To what extent does it determine our social identity? Shoul...

Philosophy of Loneliness
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 240

Philosophy of Loneliness

For many of us it is the ultimate fear: to die alone. Loneliness is a difficult subject to address because it has such negative connotations in our intensely social world. But the truth is that wherever there are people, there is loneliness. You can be lonely sitting in the quiet of your home, in the still of an afternoon park, or even when surrounded by throngs of people on a busy street. One need only turn on the radio to hear a crooner telling us just how lonesome we can be. In this groundbreaking book, philosopher Lars Svendsen confronts loneliness head on, investigating both the negative and positive sides of this most human of emotions. Drawing on the latest research in philosophy, psy...

De trådte varsomt
  • Language: da

De trådte varsomt

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Moda: uma filosofia
  • Language: pt
  • Pages: 223

Moda: uma filosofia

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2010-07-30
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  • Publisher: Zahar

A escolha das roupas transmite uma mensagem sobre quem somos? De Coco Chanel a Rei Kawakubo, de Dior ao estilo das ruas, o fio condutor desse livro é o princípio fundamental da moda - a busca pelo novo. A moda permeia diversos níveis da nossa existência, mas foi pouco estudada pelos filósofos. Até agora. Com uma prosa ágil e irônica, o autor reúne referências que vão da música pop e da arte contemporânea a pensadores como Kant, Adorno, Barthes, Benjamin e Giddens. Concentrando-se no vestuário, faz um apanhado histórico e analisa a relação da moda com o corpo, a linguagem, a arte e o consumo. Assim, resume o que a filosofia e a sociologia têm a dizer sobre o assunto - e acrescenta muito à discussão. Inclui: apêndice especial à edição brasileira: texto da palestra no seminário Pense Moda, em São Paulo, 2009, em que o autor discute o tratamento dado à moda pela imprensa, em geral muito pouco crítico.