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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Main Author: Dienstag, Joshua Foa, 1965- (Author)
Format: eBook
Published: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2006.
Online Access:CONNECT
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).