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Pessimism : philosophy, ethic, spirit

Author: Joshua Foa Dienstag
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2006.
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Pessimism claims an impressive following--from Rousseau, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche, to Freud, Camus, and Foucault. Yet "pessimist" remains a term of abuse--an accusation of a bad attitude--or the diagnosis of an unhappy psychological state. Pessimism is thought of as an exclusively negative stance that inevitably leads to resignation or despair. Even when pessimism looks like utter truth, we are told that it makes  Read more...
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Dienstag, Joshua Foa, 1965-
Pessimism.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2006
(DLC) 2005056513
(OCoLC)62878408
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joshua Foa Dienstag
ISBN: 9781400827480 1400827485
OCLC Number: 697184207
Awards: Winner of Association of American Publishers Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Philosophy 2006 (United States)
Winner of AAP/Professional and Scholarly Publishing Awards: Philosophy 2006
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 293 pages)
Contents: The anatomy of pessimism --
"A philosophy that is grievous but true": cultural pessimism in Rousseau and Leopardi --
"The evils of the world honestly admitted": metaphysical pessimism in Schopenhauer and Freud --
"Consciousness is a disease": existential pessimism in Camus, Unamuno, and Cioran --
Nietzsche's Dionysian pessimism --
Cervantes as educator: Don Quixote and the practice of pessimism --
Aphorisms and pessimisms --
Pessimism and freedom (the pessimist speaks).
Responsibility: Joshua Foa Dienstag.

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Pessimism is thought of as an exclusively negative stance that inevitably leads to resignation. Even when pessimism looks like utter truth, we are told that it makes the worst of a bad situation.  Read more...

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