Книга: Eagleton Terry «The Meaning of Life»

The Meaning of Life

Серия: "A Very Short Introduction"

Philosophers have an infuriating habit of analysing questions rather than answering them, writes Terry Eagleton, who, in these pages, asks the most important question any of us ever ask, and attempts to answer it. So what is the meaning of life? In this witty, spirited, and stimulating inquiry, Eagleton shows how centuries of thinkers - from Shakespeare and Schopenhauer to Marx, Sartre and Beckett - have tackled the question. Refusing to settle for the bland and boring, Eagleton reveals with a mixture of humour and intellectual rigour how the question has become particularly problematic in modern times. Instead of addressing it head-on, we take refuge from the feelings of meaninglessness in our lives by filling them with a multitude of different things: from football and sex, to New Age religions and fundamentalism. Many of the readers of this book are likely to be as sceptical of the phrase the meaning of life as they are of Santa Claus, he writes. But Eagleton contends that in a world where we need to find common meanings, it is important that we set about answering the question of all questions; and, in conclusion, he suggests his own answer.

Издательство: "Oxford University Press" (2008)

ISBN: 978-0-19-953217-9

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Eagleton, Terry

   b. 1943
   Literary critic, playwright and academic
   Terry Eagleton is a British Marxist literary critic and Oxford professor, enormously influential in the 1970s and 1980s. Eagleton developed his literary career with studies of Richardson’s Clarissa, the Brontes, Shakespeare and modernism (in Exiles and Emigrés). He came to prominence with his slim overviews of left-wing theory and criticism, Criticism and Ideology (1976) and Marxism and Literary Criticism (1976). Eagleton’s best-selling Literary Theory (1983) became the standard textbook introducing and critiquing the subject, while later works such as The Ideology of the Aesthetic (1990) have taken his career in new directions. Less influential in the 1990s, he has still become a youngish elder statesman of the British left, a key critic of postmodernism, and one of the few world-renowned British academics.
   PETER CHILDS

Источник: Eagleton, Terry

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