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The usefulness of the useless

Author: Nuccio Ordine
Publisher: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Paul Dry Books, Inc., 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Paul Dry books edition
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nuccio Ordine
ISBN: 9781589881167 1589881168
OCLC Number: 945949099
Notes: Translated from the Italian.
Description: 176 pages ; 18 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. ONE The Useful Uselessness of Literature --
1. "He who acquires not, exists not" --
2. Knowledge without profit is useless! --
3. What's water? An anecdote from David Foster Wallace --
4. Colonel Buendia's little gold fish --
5. Dante and Petrarch: literature should not be subservient to profit --
6. The literature of utopia and golden chamber pots --
7. Jim Hawkins: treasure hunter or numismatist? --
8. The Merchant of Venice: the pound of flesh, the Kingdom of Belmont, and the hermeneutics of Socrates --
9. Aristotle: learning has no practical usefulness --
10. Pure theorist or philosopher-king? Plato's contradictions --
11. Kant: the pleasure of beauty is disinterested --
12. Ovid: nothing is more useful than the useless arts --
13. Montaigne: "nothing is useless," "not even uselessness itself" --
14. Leopardi the flaneur: the choice of the useless against the utilitarianism of a "proud and foolish age" --
15. Theophile Gautier: "what is useful is ugly" as "the jakes" --
16. Baudelaire: a useful man is a squalid one --
17. John Locke against poetry --
18. Boccaccio: "bread" and poetry --
19. Garcia Lorca: it is unwise to live without the madness of poetry --
20. The madness of Don Quixote, the hero of the useless and the gratuitous --
21. The Facts of Coketown: Dickens's criticism of utilitarianism --
22. Heidegger: it is hard to understand the useless --
23. Uselessness and the essence of life: Zhuang-zi and Kakuzo Okakura --
24. Eugene Ionesco: the useful is a useless burden --
25. Italo Calvino: the gratuitous is revealed to be essential --
26. Emil Cioran and Socrates' flute --
pt. TWO The University as Company, the Student as Client --
1. The disengagement of the state --
2. The student as client --
3. Universities as companies and teachers as bureaucrats --
4. Hugo: the crisis can be beaten not by cutting the culture budget but by doubling it --
5. Tocqueville: "easy beauties" and the perils of commercial democracies --
6. Herzen: timeless merchants --
7. Bataille: the limits of utility and the vitality of the superfluous --
8. Against the professionalizing university: John Henry Newman --
9. What is the use of dead languages? John Locke and Antonio Gramsci --
10. The planned disappearance of the classics --
11. The encounter with a classic can change your life --
12. Libraries at risk: the sensational case of the Warburg Institute --
13. The disappearance of historic bookstores --
14. The unexpected utility of the useless sciences --
15. What do you get from a theorem? From Euclid to Archimedes --
16. Poincare: "science does not study nature" to look for "utility" --
17. "Knowledge is an asset that can be transmitted without becoming poor" --
pt. THREE Possession Kills: Dignitas Hominis, Love, Truth --
1. The voice of the classics --
2. Dignitas hominis: the illusion of wealth and the prostitution of knowledge --
3. Loving in order to possess is the death of love --
4. The possession of truth is the death of truth.
Other Titles: Utilita dell'inutile.
Responsibility: Nuccio Ordine ; translated from the Italian by Alastair McEwen.

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