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  • Reading Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art: Selected Texts with Interactive Commentary (Reading Philosophy)
    by Christopher Janaway
    ISBN 1405118075 (1-4051-1807-5)
    Hardcover, Wiley-Blackwell

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    Book summary:

    Designed for readers with no or little prior knowledge of the subject, this concise anthology brings together key texts in aesthetics and the philosophy of art.

  • Designed for readers with no or little prior knowledge of the subject.
  • Presents two contrasting pieces on each of six topics.
  • Texts range from Platos famous critique of art in the Republic through Nietzsches The Birth of Tragedy to Barthes The Death of the Author 'and pieces in recent philosophical aesthetics from a number of traditions.
  • Interactive editorial commentary helps readers to engage with the philosophical train of thought.
  • Explains the argumentative and historical context in which each piece was written.
  • Includes questions for debate and suggestions for further reading.
  • More editions of Reading Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art: Selected Texts with Interactive Commentary (Reading Philosophy):

  • Reading Philosophy: Selected Texts with a Method for Beginners
    by Samuel Guttenplan, Jennifer Hornsby, Christopher Janaway
    ISBN 0631234381 (0-631-23438-1)
    Softcover, Wiley-Blackwell

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    Book summary:

    This flexible introductory textbook explores several key themes in philosophy, and helps the reader learn to engage with the key arguments by introducing and analysing a selection of classic readings.


    • Fully integrated introductory text with readings for beginning students of philosophy.
    • Each chapter focusses on a core philosophical topic, and contains an introduction to the topic, 2 classic readings and interactive commentaries on the readings.
    • An introductory book which doesn't merely tell the reader about the subject, but requires them to engage philosophically with the text.
    • A pedagogical resource developed in the classroom by the authors at the University of London.

  • Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction
    by Christopher Janaway
    ISBN 0192802593 (0-19-280259-3)
    Softcover, Oxford University Press

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    Schopenhauer is considered to be the most readable of German philosophers. This book gives a succinct explanation of his metaphysical system, concentrating on the original aspects of his thought, which inspired many artists and thinkers including Nietzsche, Wagner, Freud, and Wittgenstein. Schopenhauer's central notion is that of the will--a blind, irrational force that he uses to interpret both the human mind and the whole of nature. Seeing human behavior as that of a natural organism governed by the will to life, Schopenhauer developed radical insights concerning the unconscious and sexuality which influenced both psychologists and philosophers

  • Schopenhauer (Past Masters Series)
    by Christopher Janaway
    ISBN 0192876856 (0-19-287685-6)
    Softcover, Oxford University Press, USA

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    Arthur Schopenhauer is the most readable of German philosophers. This book offers a succinct explanation of his metaphysical system, concentrating on the original aspects of thought, including his doctrine of the will, his pessimism and his theories of art and music - which inspired artists and thinkers such as Nietzsche, Wagner, Freud and Wittgenstein. At his best, Schopenhauer displays a gift for cogent and lucid debate, and for exposing the flaws of his predecessors. But what should also earn readers' respect is Schopenhauer's lack of complacency. He does not play safe, but risks confrontation with problems that ought to make readers insecure. He asks what the self is, and can give no easy reply. He presses on into the greatest insecurity, asking what value one's existence may have - and his conclusion here is even less comfortable. Within the classical restraint of his prose, he faces up to these concerns both as a philosopher and with all the resources of his personality. To bring into a single focus the genuine, probing philosopher and the imagination that excited Wagner, Hardy and Proust, along with many others, then readers shall be seeing Schopenhauer in his true light. Christopher Janaway is the author of "Self and World in Schopenhauer's Philosophy".

  • Self and World in Schopenhauer's Philosophy
    by Christopher Janaway
    ISBN 0198250037 (0-19-825003-7)
    Softcover, Oxford University Press, USA

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    Janaway provides a detailed and critical account of Schopenhauer's central philosophical achievement: his account of the self and its relation to the world of objects. The author's approach to this theme is historical, yet is designed to show the philosophical interest of such an approach. He explores in unusual depth Schopenhauer's often ambivalent relation to Kant, and highlights the influence of Schopenhauer's view of self and world on Wittgenstein and Nietzsche, as well as tracing the many points of contact between Schopenhauer's thought and current philosophical debates about the self.

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