Death and the Disinterested Spectator: An Inquiry into the Nature of Philosophy

Death and the Disinterested Spectator: An Inquiry into the Nature of Philosophy

by Ann Hartle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0887062857

ISBN-13: 9780887062858

Pub. Date: 10/28/1986

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Death and the Disinterested Spectator examines the nature of philosophy in light of philosophy’s claim to be a preparation for death. Does philosophy have any real power, or is it merely idle talk? The background against which this question is explored is a re-interpretation of Plato’s Phaedo, Augustine’s Confessions, and Descartes’

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Death and the Disinterested Spectator examines the nature of philosophy in light of philosophy’s claim to be a preparation for death. Does philosophy have any real power, or is it merely idle talk? The background against which this question is explored is a re-interpretation of Plato’s Phaedo, Augustine’s Confessions, and Descartes’ Discourse on Method.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887062858
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
10/28/1986
Pages:
263

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Chapter I: Socrates: Penelope and the Bee

The Phaedo as Apology; Comedy, Tragedy, Philosophy; Actor or Spectator; Hubris and Irony; Truth and Deception: A.Socrates, B. Phaedo, C. Plato; Transition: From Philosophical Courage to Christian Hope

Chapter II: Augustine: The Look of Pity

Confession and Apology; Laughter, Tears, Trembling and Wonder; Actor or Spectator; Pride and Humility; Truth and Self-Deception; Transition: From Christian Hope to Modern Certitude

Chapter III: Descartes: Occupation and Pre-occupation

The Discourse as Apology; Laughter, Tears, Trembling, and Wonder; Actor or Spectator; Pride and Humility; Truth and Certitude; Transition and Return

Chapter IV: Conclusion: Death and the Disinterested Spectator

Compassion and Distance; Wonder and Death; The Strange and the Familiar; The Fable of Certitude; Philosophy and the Divine:From Disinterested Spectator to Compassionate Actor; Cartesian Presumption,Socratic Victory; Idle Talk and Endless Toil; Weaving the Shroud

Notes

Works Consulted

Index

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