ISBN-10:
1405185732
ISBN-13:
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Pub. Date:
10/13/2008
Publisher:
Wiley
Trouble with Strangers: A Study of Ethics / Edition 1

Trouble with Strangers: A Study of Ethics / Edition 1

by Terry Eagleton
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ISBN-13: 9781405185738
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/13/2008
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Terry Eagleton is John Edward Taylor Professor of English Literature at the University of Manchester. His recent publications include How to Read a Poem (2006), The English Novel (2004), Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic (2003), The Idea of Culture (2000), Scholars and Rebels in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (1999), and The Illusions of Postmodernism (1996), all published by Wiley-Blackwell.

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Table of Contents

Preface vi

PART I THE INSISTENCE OF THE IMAGINARY 1

Introduction: The Mirror Stage 1

1 Sentiment and Sensibility 12

2 Francis Hutcheson and David Hume 29

3 Edmund Burke and Adam Smith 62

PART II THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE SYMBOLIC 83

Introduction: The Symbolic Order 83

4 Spinoza and the Death of Desire 91

5 Kant and the Moral Law 101

6 Law and Desire in Measure for Measure 130

PART III THE REIGN OF THE REAL 139

Introduction: Pure Desire 139

7 Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche 154

8 Fictions of the Real 180

9 Levinas, Derrida and Badiou 223

10 The Banality of Goodness 273

Conclusion 317

Index 327

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"Written in Eagleton's very readable, clear and witty style, thisbook may achieve the unthinkable: bridging the gap between academicHigh Thought and popular philosophy manuals."
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"… An engagement with the whole modern European traditionof thought about ethics, drawing on both philosophical and literarytexts, and paying close attention to shifting cultural currents andhistorical contexts. The insights are often sharp, and thecriticisms both pointed and – usually – laced withhumour"
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"This is a fine book. It is hugely ambitious in its scope,develops an original thesis to illuminating effect and is writtenwith a compelling passion and commitment"
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"Written with Eagleton's usual wit, panache and uncanny abilityto summarise and criticize otherwise complex philosophicalpositions ... this is an important book by a hugely importantvoice"
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Written with Eagleton's usual wit, panache and uncanny ability to summarise and criticize otherwise complex philosophical positions ... this is an important book by a hugely important voice (Simon Critchley, The New School for Social Research)

Peter R. Sedgwick

This is a fine book. It is hugely ambitious in its scope, develops an original thesis to illuminating effect and is written with a compelling passion and commitment (Peter R. Sedgwick, Philosophy Section, Cardiff University)

Peter Dews

An engagement with the whole modern European tradition of thought about ethics, drawing on both philosophical and literary texts, and paying close attention to shifting cultural currents and historical contexts. The insights are often sharp, and the criticisms both pointed and – usually – laced with humour. (Peter Dews, University of Essex)

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