Weakness: A Literary and Philosophical History Michael OSullivan

ISBN: 9781472568359

Published: April 10th 2014

Paperback

224 pages


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Weakness: A Literary and Philosophical History  by  Michael OSullivan

Weakness: A Literary and Philosophical History by Michael OSullivan
April 10th 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 224 pages | ISBN: 9781472568359 | 3.15 Mb

Examining the nature of weakness has inspired some of the most influential aesthetic and philosophical portraits of the human condition. By reading a selection of canonical literary and philosophical texts, Michael OSullivan charts a history ofMoreExamining the nature of weakness has inspired some of the most influential aesthetic and philosophical portraits of the human condition.

By reading a selection of canonical literary and philosophical texts, Michael OSullivan charts a history of responses to the experience and exploration of weakness.Beginning with Plato and Aristotle, this first book-length study of the concept explores weakness as it is interpreted by Lao Tzu, Nietzsche, Derrida, the Romantics, Dickens and the Modernists. It examines what feminist writers Simone de Beauvoir and Luce Irigaray have made of the gendered biomythology constructed around the figure of the weaker vessel and it considers related notions such as im-potentiality, a syntax of weakness and human vulnerability in the work of Agamben, Beckett and Coetzee.Through analysis of these differing versions of weakness, OSullivans study challenges the popular myth that aligns masculine identity with strength and force and presents a humane weakness as a guiding motif for debates in ethics.



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