A Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living by Luc Ferry

By Luc Ferry

From the undying knowledge of the traditional Greeks to Christianity, the Enlightenment, existentialism, and postmodernism, Luc Ferry’s quick vintage brilliantly and accessibly explains the iconic teachings of philosophy—including its profound relevance to trendy lifestyle and its crucial function achieve happiness and residing a significant existence. This vigorous trip during the nice thinkers will enlighten each reader, old and young.

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Such romantic writers did not write around writing, in Kittler’s formulation, but crucially wrote about writing itself. 65 As the double meaning of Goethe’s hypothesis, “everything is leaf / page,” suggested, romantic naturalism was merely the flipside of romantic bibliographism: not just a media fantasy but a fantasy of media as well. For the main writers that I discuss here—J. W. Goethe, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Walter Scott, Washington Irving, Sophie Mereau, Edgar Allan Poe, Honoré de Balzac, and Stendhal—the book played an essential role in the larger aesthetic aims of their work.

CHAPTER ONE Networking Indeed, I wanted to write that my work consists of two parts: those, which lay here before me, and all those that I have not written. And it is precisely this second part that is the most important. —Ludwig Wittgenstein Fortresses of the Spirit On Sunday, June 28, 1896, a ceremony was held to mark the completion of a new building for the recently established Goethe and Schiller Archive in Weimar. ”2 Standing imperiously on a hill overlooking, indeed dwarfing, the small town below it, the imposing new structure visually articulated the cultural hierarchy it was intended to bring about.

Book and narrative crucially interacted in the Travels to address the protocols of bibliographic communication that were fast shaping the nineteenth-century media imaginary. In thinking about the nature of the novel, Goethe was thinking about the nature of the book. For German scholars of the last twenty years, Wilhelm Meister’s Travels has come to be seen as a landmark of the modern novel. 21 Not only is there a wild proliferation of genres within the novel (poems, aphorisms, diary entries, letters as well as a variety of short narrative forms), there is also an extraordinary proliferation of discourses as well (myth, history, religion, the arts, commerce, medicine, geology, pedagogy, cosmology, politics, and colonialism).

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