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Surrealism: Key Concepts

Surrealism: Key Concepts

1st Edition

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

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...

Jacques Derrida: Key Concepts

Jacques Derrida: Key Concepts

1st Edition

Claire Colebrook
October 27, 2014

Jacques Derrida: Key Concepts presents a broad overview and engagement with the full range of Derrida's work - from the early phenomenological thinking to his preoccupations with key themes, such as technology, psychoanalysis, friendship, Marxism, racism and sexism, to his ethico-political writings...

Gilles Deleuze: Key Concepts

Gilles Deleuze: Key Concepts

2nd Edition

Charles J. Stivale
October 13, 2014

Gilles Deleuze is now regarded as one of the most radical philosophers of the twentieth century. His work is hugely influential across a range of subjects, from philosophy to literature, to art, architecture and cultural studies. Gilles Deleuze: Key Concepts provides a guide to Deleuzian thought...

Alain Badiou: Key Concepts

Alain Badiou: Key Concepts

1st Edition

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...

G. W. F. Hegel: Key Concepts

G. W. F. Hegel: Key Concepts

1st Edition

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...

Hannah Arendt: Key Concepts

Hannah Arendt: Key Concepts

1st Edition

Patrick Hayden
February 28, 2014

Hannah Arendt is one of the most prominent thinkers of modern times, whose profound influence extends across philosophy, politics, law, history, international relations, sociology, and literature. Presenting new and powerful ways to think about human freedom and responsibility, Arendt's work has...

Jean-Paul Sartre: Key Concepts

Jean-Paul Sartre: Key Concepts

1st Edition

Steven Churchill, Dr. Jack Reynolds
September 30, 2013

Most readers of Sartre focus only on the works written at the peak of his influence as a public intellectual in the 1940s, notably "Being and Nothingness". "Jean-Paul Sartre: Key Concepts" aims to reassess Sartre and to introduce readers to the full breadth of his philosophy. Bringing together...

Pierre Bourdieu: Key Concepts

Pierre Bourdieu: Key Concepts

2nd Edition

Michael James Grenfell
September 01, 2012

The French social philosopher Pierre Bourdieu is now recognised as one of the major thinkers of the twentieth century. In a career of over fifty years, Bourdieu studied a wide range of topics: education, culture, art, politics, economics, literature, law, and philosophy. Throughout these studies,...

Immanuel Kant: Key Concepts

Immanuel Kant: Key Concepts

1st Edition

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...

Jurgen Habermas: Key Concepts

Jurgen Habermas: Key Concepts

1st Edition

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,...

Michel Foucault: Key Concepts

Michel Foucault: Key Concepts

1st Edition

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,...

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