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Surrealism: Key Concepts

Surrealism: Key Concepts

1st Edition

Edited By Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Michael Richardson
June 20, 2016

Emerging from the disruption of the First World War, surrealism confronted the resulting ‘crisis of consciousness’ in a way that was arguably more profound than any other cultural movement of the time. The past few decades have seen an expansion of interest in surrealist writers, whose contribution...

Georges Bataille Key Concepts

Georges Bataille: Key Concepts

1st Edition

Edited By Mark Hewson, Marcus Coelen
November 30, 2015

Georges Bataille (1897 - 1962) was a philosopher, writer, and literary critic whose work has had a significant impact across disciplines as diverse as philosophy, sociology, economics, art history and literary criticism, as well as influencing key figures in post-modernist and post-structuralist ...

G. W. F. Hegel Key Concepts

G. W. F. Hegel: Key Concepts

1st Edition

Edited By Michael Baur
June 30, 2014

The thought of G. W. F. Hegel (1770 -1831) has had a deep and lasting influence on a wide range of philosophical, political, religious, aesthetic, cultural and scientific movements. But, despite the far-reaching importance of Hegel's thought, there is often a great deal of confusion about what he ...

Alain Badiou Key Concepts

Alain Badiou: Key Concepts

1st Edition

By A. J. Bartlett, Justin Clemens
September 03, 2014

Alain Badiou is one of the world's most influential living philosophers. Few contemporary thinkers display his breadth of argument and reference, or his ability to intervene in debates critical to both analytic and continental philosophy. Alain Badiou: Key Concepts presents an overview of and ...

Immanuel Kant Key Concepts

Immanuel Kant: Key Concepts

1st Edition

By Will Dudley, Kristina Engelhard
November 25, 2010

Immanuel Kant is among the most pivotal thinkers in the history of philosophy. His transcendental idealism claims to overcome the skepticism of David Hume, resolve the impasse between empiricism and rationalism, and establish the reality of human freedom and moral agency. A thorough understanding ...

Jacques Ranciere Key Concepts

Jacques Ranciere: Key Concepts

1st Edition

By Jean-Philippe Deranty
July 29, 2010

Although relatively unknown a decade ago, the work of Jacques Ranciere is fast becoming a central reference in the humanities and social sciences. His thinking brings a fresh, innovative approach to many fields, notably the study of work, education, politics, literature, film, art, as well as ...

Jurgen Habermas Key Concepts

Jurgen Habermas: Key Concepts

1st Edition

By Barbara Fultner
October 28, 2010

A rare systematic thinker, Habermas has furthered our understanding of modernity, social interaction and linguistic practice, societal institutions, rationality, morality, the law, globalization, and the role of religion in multicultural societies. He has helped shape discussions of truth, ...

Martin Heidegger Key Concepts

Martin Heidegger: Key Concepts

1st Edition

By Bret W. Davis
November 01, 2009

Heidegger's writings are among the most formidable in recent philosophy. The pivotal concepts of his thought are for many the source of both fascination and frustration. Yet any student of philosophy needs to become acquainted with Heidegger's thought. "Martin Heidegger: Key Concepts" is designed ...

Merleau-Ponty Key Concepts

Merleau-Ponty: Key Concepts

1st Edition

By Rosalyn Diprose, Jack Reynolds
May 27, 2008

Having initially not had the attention of Sartre or Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty's work is arguably now more widely influential than either of his two contemporaries. "Merleau-Ponty: Key Concepts" presents an accessible guide to the core ideas which structure Merleau-Ponty's thinking as well as to his ...

Michel Foucault Key Concepts

Michel Foucault: Key Concepts

1st Edition

By Dianna Taylor
September 30, 2010

Michel Foucault was one of the twentieth century's most influential and provocative thinkers. His work on freedom, subjectivity, and power is now central to thinking across an extraordinarily wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, history, education, psychology, politics, anthropology, ...

Theodor Adorno Key Concepts

Theodor Adorno: Key Concepts

1st Edition

By Deborah Cook
June 23, 2008

Adorno continues to have an impact on disciplines as diverse as philosophy, sociology, psychology, cultural studies, musicology and literary theory. An uncompromising critic, even as Adorno contests many of the premises of the philosophical tradition, he also reinvigorates that tradition in his ...

Wittgenstein Key Concepts

Wittgenstein: Key Concepts

1st Edition

By Kelly Dean Jolley
April 01, 2010

Wittgenstein's complex and demanding work challenges much that is taken for granted in philosophical thinking as well as in the theorizing of art, theology, science and culture. Each essay in this collection explores a key concept involved in Wittgenstein's thinking, relating it to his ...

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