This accessible and jargon-free book features readings of over 20 key texts and authors in Western poetry and philosophy, including Homer, Plato, Beowulf , Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare and Rousseau. Simon Haines presents a thought-provoking and theoretically aware account of Western literature and philosophy, arguing that the history of both can be seen as a struggle between two different conceptions of the self: the 'romantic' (or dualist) vs the 'realist' or ('extended').
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan UK|
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About the Author
Simon Haines is in the English Department in the School of Humanities at the Australian National University, Australia.
Table of ContentsIntroduction Homer: Passion in the Iliad Sophocles' Antigone and Thucydides' Athens: Romanticism and Realism in Politics Plato and Aristotle: Concept and Passion The Inheritance of Augustine: Confessions Aquinas and the Realist Revival Dante and Medieval Romanticism Renaissance, Reformation and Shakespeare's Realism Romanticism from Descartes to Rousseau Notes Bibliography Index