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The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays
The Dialogic Imagination
Four Essays
Paperback      ISBN: 029271534x
These essays reveal Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975)—known in the West largely through his studies of Rabelais and Dostoevsky—as a philosopher of language, a cultural historian, and a major theoretician of the novel. The Dialogic Imagination presents, in superb English translation, four selections from Voprosy literatury i estetiki (Problems of literature and esthetics), published in Moscow in 1975. The volume also contains a lengthy introduction to Bakhtin and his thought and a glossary of terminology. Bakhtin uses the category "novel" in a highly idiosyncratic way, claiming for it vastly larger territory than has been traditionally accepted. For him, the novel is not so much a genre as it is a force, "novelness," which he discusses in "From the Prehistory of Novelistic Discourse." Two essays, "Epic and Novel" and "Forms of Time and of the Chronotope in the Novel," deal with literary history in Bakhtin's own unorthodox way. In the final essay, he discusses literature and language in general, which he sees as stratified, constantly changing systems of subgenres, dialects, and fragmented "languages" in battle with one another.
Philosophy of Space and Time
Philosophy of Space and Time
Paperback      ISBN: 0486604438
A clear, penetrating exposition of developments in physical science and mathematics brought about by non-Euclidean geometries, including in-depth coverage of the foundations of geometry, theory of time, other topics.
Philosophical Explanations
Philosophical Explanations
Paperback      ISBN: 0674664795
Nozick analyzes fundamental issues, such as the identity of the self, knowledge and skepticism, free will, the foundations of ethics, and the meaning of life
The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy: Human Immortality
The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy
Human Immortality
Paperback      ISBN: 0486202917
Intellect, will, belief, chance, and free will are among the topics touched upon in two works by the American psychologist
The Copernican Revolution: Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought
The Copernican Revolution
Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought
Paperback      ISBN: 0674171039
The significance of the plurality of the Copernican Revolution is the main thrust of this undergraduate text
The Birth of Tragedy and the Case of Wagner
The Birth of Tragedy and the Case of Wagner
Paperback      ISBN: 0394703693
The Birth of Tragedy (1872) was Nietzsche's first book. Its youthful faults were exposed by Nietzsche in the brilliant "Attempt at a Self-Criticism" which he added to the new edition of 1886. But the book, whatever its excesses, remains one of the most relevant statements on tragedy ever penned. It exploded the conception of Greek culture that was prevalent down through the Victorian era, and it sounded themes developed in the twentieth century by classicists, existentialists, psychoanalysts, and others. The Case of Wagner (1888) was one Nietzsche's last books, and his wittiest. In attitude and style it is diametrically opposed to The Birth of Tragedy. Both works transcend their ostensible subjects and deal with art and culture, as well as the problems of the modern age generally. Each book in itself gives us an inadequate idea of its author; together, they furnish a striking image of Nietzsche's thought. The distinguished new translations by Walter Kaufmann superbly reflect in English Nietzsche's idiom and the vitality of his style. Professor Kaufmann has also furnished running footnote commentaries, relevant passages from Nietzsche's correspondence, a bibliography, and, for the first time in any edition, an extensive index to each book.
Nature of Things
Nature of Things
Paperback      ISBN: 0393090949
The epic poem that changed the course of human thought forever.
The Foucault Reader
The Foucault Reader
Paperback      ISBN: 0394713400
Gathers selections from the writings of the modern French philosopher about truth, knowledge, madness, science, sexuality, politics, and ethics
The Portable Plato
The Portable Plato
by Plato
Paperback      ISBN: 0140150404
Contains Plato's famous philosophic dialogues with an introduction on their contemporary implications
Empiricists
Empiricists
Paperback      ISBN: 0385096224
This volume includes the major works of the British Empiricists, philosophers who sought to derive all knowledge from experience. All essays are complete except that of Locke, which Professor Richard Taylor of Brown University has skillfully abridged.