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A case for irony

Author: Jonathan Lear
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011.
Series: Tanner lectures on human values (Cambridge, Mass.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Vanity Fair has declared the Age of Irony over. Joan Didion has lamented that Obama's United States is an "irony-free zone." Here Jonathan Lear argues that irony is one of the tools we use to live  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Lear
ISBN: 9780674061453 0674061454 0674063147 9780674063143 9780674416888 0674416880
OCLC Number: 709670335
Description: xii, 210 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The lectures. To become human does not come that easily --
Ironic soul --
Commentary. Self-constitution and irony / Christine M. Korsgaard --
Irony, reflection, and psychic unity : a response to Christine M. Korsgaard --
Psychoanalysis and the limits of reflection / Richard Moran --
The immanence of irony and the efficacy of fantasy : a response to Richard Moran --
Thoughts about irony and identity / Cora Diamond --
Flight from irony : a response to Cora Diamond --
On the observing ego and the experiencing ego / Robert A. Paul --
Observing ego and social voice : a response to Robert A. Paul.
Series Title: Tanner lectures on human values (Cambridge, Mass.)
Responsibility: Jonathan Lear ; with commentary by Cora Diamond [and others].

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Lear performs a valuable service. He shows us just how far the contemporary usage of irony diverges from an older, far more appealing meaning, according to which irony is a portal to self-knowledge. Read more...

 
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