Pessimism : philosophy, ethic, spirit /
Pessimism claims an impressive following--from Rousseau, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche, to Freud, Camus, and Foucault. Yet "pessimist" remains a term of abuse--an accusation of a bad attitude--or the diagnosis of an unhappy psychological state. Pessimism is thought of as an exclusively negat...
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Princeton University Press,
Table of Contents:
- The anatomy of pessimism
- "A philosophy that is grievous but true": cultural pessimism in Rousseau and Leopardi
- "The evils of the world honestly admitted": metaphysical pessimism in Schopenhauer and Freud
- "Consciousness is a disease": existential pessimism in Camus, Unamuno, and Cioran
- Nietzsche's Dionysian pessimism
- Cervantes as educator: Don Quixote and the practice of pessimism
- Aphorisms and pessimisms
- Pessimism and freedom (the pessimist speaks).