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Weltschmerz: Pessimism in German Philosophy, 1860–1900

Frederick C. Beiser

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780198768715
eISBN:
9780191822070
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198768715.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This book is a survey of pessimism in German philosophy in the second half of the 19th century. Pessimism, broadly defined, is the doctrine that life is not worth living. The first chapter is a ... More


The Apocalyptic Imagination: Nietzsche, Sorel, Schmitt

Steven B. Smith

in Modernity and Its Discontents: Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780300198393
eISBN:
9780300220988
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300198393.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Modernity has always carried the seeds of the counter-revolution. The counter-revolution was not intended to be a conservative restoration of the old regime. It was an apocalyptic scenario that ... More


1946–56: darkness and light

Ben McCann

in Julien Duvivier

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780719091148
eISBN:
9781526124111
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091148.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter traces Duvivier’s return to France in 1945, and his difficulties in readjusting to a new film-making climate that now feted new directors and emphasised authentic, location-filmed ... More


Fragile friendships: Films of the 1980s

Joseph Mai

in Robert Guédiguian

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780719096471
eISBN:
9781526124104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719096471.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the lesser known, but high quality, films made by Guédiguian during the 1980s. His first film, Dernier été, explores in an original way many of the themes important to ... More


Conclusion: The Fine Game of Nil 1

Thaddeus Metz

in Meaning in Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199599318
eISBN:
9780191747632
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599318.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Moral Philosophy

Up to this point, the book had provisionally accepted the claim that some lives have meaning in them. The last chapter aims to confirm that some people’s lives do, contra nihilists or pessimists who ... More


Conclusion

Graham Harrison

in The African presence: Representations of Africa in the construction of Britishness

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780719088858
eISBN:
9781781705773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719088858.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

This chapter situates the Africa campaign tradition within broader media representations of Africa. The chapter argues that a key distinction between Africa campaigning and media reportage is the way ... More


Secularism and Secularisation at the Fin de Siècle

Sara Lyons

in The Edinburgh Companion to Fin de Siècle Literature, Culture and the Arts

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474408912
eISBN:
9781474445030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408912.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter provides a general overview of the meanings of secularism at the end of the century, distinguishing between the declining fortunes of the organised Secularist Movement and the ... More


Peculiar Planning: Louis Sheridan and the Negotiation of Diasporic and Deliberative Discourse

Bjørn F. Stillion Southard

in Peculiar Rhetoric: Slavery, Freedom, and the African Colonization Movement

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496823694
eISBN:
9781496823724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496823694.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

Louis Sheridan was a wealthy merchant and free black man. This chapter examines his negotiations with the American Colonization Society and other groups for passage to Liberia. Despite his ... More


Schopenhauer’s Pessimism

Frederick C. Beiser

in Weltschmerz: Pessimism in German Philosophy, 1860–1900

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780198768715
eISBN:
9780191822070
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198768715.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter attempts to explain the depths of Schopenhauer’s pessimism, why he believed that life is not worth living. It reconstructs Schopenhauer’s arguments for why he thinks that this is so, ... More


Responsibility for the Future

Ariel Colonomos

in Selling the Future: The Perils of Predicting Global Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190603649
eISBN:
9780190638474
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190603649.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

This chapter analyzes the consequences of making future claims from a normative perspective. Future claims are a bet about the future that have to follow the criteria of truthfulness (chapter 6) ... More


What Matters Most

Samuel Scheffler

in On What Matters: Volume Two

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199572816
eISBN:
9780191809873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199572816.003.0024
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter analyses whether, given the horrors of the past, human history has been worth it. The badness of suffering casts doubt on the goodness of the world. In asking whether human history has ... More


Jacob the Cynic: Philosophers and Philosophy in Jacob Burckhardt’s Griechische Culturgeschichte

André Laks

in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volume 57

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780198850847
eISBN:
9780191885709
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198850847.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Jacob Burckhardt, the famous historian of Renaissance and Greek culture that Nietzsche highly appreciated, famously said that ‘What is of interest to [him] is not so much to see how far the Greeks ... More


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