Lives of the Mind: The Use and Abuse of Intelligence from Hegel to Wodehouse

Lives of the Mind: The Use and Abuse of Intelligence from Hegel to Wodehouse

by Roger Kimball
Lives of the Mind: The Use and Abuse of Intelligence from Hegel to Wodehouse

Lives of the Mind: The Use and Abuse of Intelligence from Hegel to Wodehouse

by Roger Kimball

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Overview

Mr. Kimball, one of the best of our cultural critics, offers a lively and penetrating study of genius—and pseudo-genius—at work, and investigates the use and abuse of intelligence. Drawing on figures as various as Plutarch and Hegel, Kierkegaard and P.G. Wodehouse, Elias Canetti and Anthony Trollope, he provides a sharply observed tour of Western intellectual and artistic aspiration. A master of the genre, as collections of his pieces attest, none more impressively than this set. —Booklist Starred Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566634793
Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date: 09/06/2002
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 919,971
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.64(h) x 1.29(d)

About the Author

Roger Kimball is managing editor of the New Criterion and an art critic for the London Spectator. His other books include Art's Prospect, Experiments Against Reality, The Long March, and Tenured Radicals. He lives in South Norwalk, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Part 1
Raymond Aron and the Power of Ideas3
Plutarch and the Issue of Character18
"Strange Seriousness": Discovering Daumier37
Walter Bagehot: The Greatest Victorian52
Part 2
What's Left of Descartes?81
Schiller's "Education"101
The Difficulty With Hegel119
Schopenhauer's Worlds140
What Did Kierkegaard Want?156
George Santayana178
Wittgenstein: The Philosophical Porcupine201
Bertrand Russell: Apostle of Disillusionment222
Who Was David Stove?246
Part 3
Tocqueville Today275
Anthony Trollope: A Novelist Who Hunted the Fox293
G. C. Lichtenberg: A "Spy on Humanity"316
The Genius of Wodehouse330
The Mystery of Charles Peguy353
Index367

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