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7. Ethics: seeing the world aright

7. Ethics: seeing the world aright  

Christopher Janaway

in Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775666
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802590.003.0007
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9780192802590
‘Ethics: seeing the world aright’ examines freedom and determinism in Schopenhauer. Schopenhauer believes that actions are caused by a combination of one's unchanging character and a ... More
1. Saints, Werewolves, Knights, and a Poète Maudit: Allegiance and Character in the Middle Ages

1. Saints, Werewolves, Knights, and a Poète Maudit: Allegiance and Character in the Middle Ages  

John D. Lyons

in French Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777516
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10.1093/actrade/9780199568727.003.0001
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‘Saints, werewolves, knights, and a poète maudit: allegiance and character in the Middle Ages’ explains how the protagonists of medieval texts are presented primarily in terms of their ... More
3. In and out of character

3. In and out of character  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778131
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0004
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9780199601714
Is predictability the secret to good comedy? Character becomes comic as person is reduced to thing, and this thing-ness becomes something habitual. Comic character has a ridiculous ... More
19. The Arts

19. The Arts  

Jonathan Barnes

in Aristotle: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Nov 2015
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9780191822322
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854087.003.0019
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9780192854087
The Poetics consists largely of the theory and criticism of tragic drama. Aristotle, however, saw the work as a contribution to ‘productive’ science, telling us how to produce ... More
1. Life and character

1. Life and character  

Roger Scruton

in Spinoza: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775758
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803160.003.0001
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9780192803160
For Spinoza, philosophy was a way of life. He lived in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century, a time of revolution in philosophical thought. ‘Life and character’ charts Spinoza's life ... More
1. Life and character

1. Life and character  

A. C. Grayling

in Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776656
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854117.003.0001
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Ludwig Wittgenstein was a philosopher but he is famous beyond the boundaries of philosophy. Like philosophy itself, he could be difficult and profound. Many contemporary philosophers think ... More
1. From the Greeks to Gladstone

1. From the Greeks to Gladstone  

Richard Toye

in Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778285
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10.1093/actrade/9780199651368.003.0002
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9780199651368
‘From the Greeks to Gladstone’ provides an overview of the history of rhetoric from classical times to the late nineteenth century. It begins with the Sophists in Athens in the fifth ... More
3. Atheist ethics

3. Atheist ethics  

Julian Baggini

in Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775925
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804242.003.0003
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9780192804242
‘Atheist ethics’ shows that morality is more than possible without God; it is entirely independent of him. That means atheists are not only more than capable of leading moral lives, they ... More
5. Character, sex, and the unconscious

5. Character, sex, and the unconscious  

Christopher Janaway

in Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775666
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802590.003.0005
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9780192802590
‘Character, sex, and the unconscious’ explores Schopenhauer's treatment of character and individuality. In Schopenhauer's view, the will is the primary element within us. The will often has ... More
Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction

Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction  

A. C. Grayling

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776656
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854117.001.0001
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9780192854117
Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction explains the nature and impact of Wittgenstein's views in terms of twentieth-century analytical philosophy and describes both his early ... More
5. The One Thing Needful

5. The One Thing Needful  

Michael Tanner

in Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776670
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854148.003.0005
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9780192854148
‘The One Thing Needful’ is concerned with the concepts of style, culture, and character. Excerpts from The Gay Science are provided to illustrate Nietzsche's standpoint. What Nietzsche is ... More
Hume: A Very Short Introduction

Hume: A Very Short Introduction  

Alfred Ayer

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776601
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854063.001.0001
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9780192854063
Hume: A Very Short Introduction considers one of the greatest of all British philosophers, acknowledged by his contemporaries as a pivotal figure of the Enlightenment. A ... More
1. Life, works, and character

1. Life, works, and character  

Roger Scruton

in Kant: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191775482
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801999.003.0001
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9780192801999
Kant's life was ruled by duty. His life was unremarkable. He devoted himself to scholarship so ensured that his life was governed by routines. ‘Life, works, and character’ charts Kant's ... More
2. Perspectives

2. Perspectives  

Ronald de Sousa

in Love: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2015
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Jan 2015
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9780191781353
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10.1093/actrade/9780199663842.003.0002
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9780199663842
‘Perspectives’ considers Plato’s Symposium—where the members of the party take turns making a speech in praise of love—and what we can learn from it. The dialogue is still fresh today and ... More
4. Reasons

4. Reasons  

Ronald de Sousa

in Love: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2015
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Jan 2015
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9780191781353
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10.1093/actrade/9780199663842.003.0004
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9780199663842
Love requires an object, but what is an object, and why just this object and not another? There are many reasons—good and bad—for loving someone or something. What reasons are appropriately ... More
7. How sex makes species survive

7. How sex makes species survive  

Leigh W. Simmons

in Sexual Selection: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2018
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Aug 2018
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9780191823930
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10.1093/actrade/9780198778752.003.0007
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9780198778752
How new species come about is one of the most fundamental questions in biology. And because that process involves reproduction, and because reproduction often (though not always) means ... More
1. Life and character

1. Life and character  

Patrick Gardiner

in Kierkegaard: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775635
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802569.003.0001
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9780192802569
Kierkegaard was one of the rebels of 19th-century thought. He worked in conscious opposition to the prevailing assumptions and conventions of his age. His crucial contentions only saw ... More
1. Life and Character

1. Life and Character  

A. J. Ayer

in Hume: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776601
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854063.003.0001
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9780192854063
David Hume was born in Edinburgh in 1711. He attended the University of Edinburgh by age 12. Aged 23, he resolved to devote his life to philosophy, publishing his first book A Treatise of ... More
Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

Comedy: A Very Short Introduction  

Matthew Bevis

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778131
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.001.0001
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9780199601714
Comedy: A Very Short Introduction studies written forms of comedy such as prose fiction, poetry, caricatures, and cartoons. There are also performance forms of comedy such as ... More
Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction

Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction  

Christopher Janaway

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775666
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192802590.001.0001
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9780192802590
Schopenhauer is the most readable of German philosophers. Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction gives a succinct explanation of his metaphysical system, concentrating on the original ... More

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