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How literature changes the way we think

Author: Michael Mack
Publisher: New York : Continuum, ©2012.
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Both humanists and scientists have tended to think of the arts as a means to represent the world via imagination. The author maintains that the arts do not merely describe our world but that they  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Mack
ISBN: 9781441103208 1441103201 9781441119148 1441119140
OCLC Number: 773987857
Description: vi, 194 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Think again: an introduction. --
1. Death again: reimagining the end. --
The Humanities, the demography of aging, and the philosophy of birth --
The test and the copy of the Mad Men --
2. Revisiting torture and torment. Spinoza's Post-Human Critique of Mimesis --
Nietzsche, Post-Humanism and back to the Biopolitical Economics of Mad Men --
3. Revisiting clones: change and the politics of life. Cloning and art as mere copy of Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go --
The market verifies the truth of life: Foucault's Biopolitics of Free Market Liberalism --
The Nazi Genocide, Hannah Arendt and the Philosophy of Birth --
4. Rethinking suffering: self and substance. Literature's mediation between substantive and subjective suffering, or the Critique of Zizek: Can We Do Justice to Suffering Without a Notion of Substance? --
Aging, the changing demography, and literature's transformation of consciousness --
Literature's Critique of Fiction: Ishiguro's Remains of the Day --
5. The birth of literature. From the market economy of the Romantic genius to art's disruption of the status quo --
A new cosmos of poetry--
Walter Benjamin's alternative to Martin Heidegger's and Paul de Man's approach to literature and its implications for cultural studies (Slavoj Zizek) --
Excursus: Agamben, Doctorow, and the Biopolitics of Representation --
Zizek, de Man, and Spinoza's Cartesian break with Descartes --
Hölderlin, Benjamin, and the poetry of new beginnings --
Celan, the void and the aftermath of the Nazi Genocide --
6. The birth of politics. Benjamin's Poetics of Kantian Transcendental Philosophy --
Art's interconnected universe --
Heidegger or poetry as a function of history/politics and art as basis for politics in Benjamin --
7. Rethinking birth and aging: a conclusion. The stereotype of the Jew as representation of aging and decay --
Philip Roth or revisiting Plato and Aristotle on Mimesis.
Responsibility: Michael Mack.

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