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Happiness, Death, and the Remainder of Life (Tanner Lectures of Human Values)

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Separated by millennia, Aristotle and Sigmund Freud gave us disparate but compelling pictures of the human condition. But if, with Jonathan Lear, we scrutinize these thinkers' attempts to explain human behavior in terms of a higher principle--whether happiness or death--the pictures fall apart.

Aristotle attempted to ground ethical life in human striving for happiness, yet he didn't understand what happiness is any better than we do. Happiness became an enigmatic, always unattainable, means of seducing humankind into living an ethical life. Freud fared no better when he tried to ground human striving, aggression, and destructiveness in the death drive, like Aristotle attributing purpose where none exists. Neither overarching principle can guide or govern "the remainder of life," in which our inherently disruptive unconscious moves in breaks and swerves to affect who and how we are. Lear exposes this tendency to self-disruption for what it is: an opening, an opportunity for new possibilities. His insights have profound consequences not only for analysis but for our understanding of civilization and its discontent.

Synopsis:

Separated by millennia, Aristotle and Sigmund Freud gave disparate but compelling pictures of the human condition. Lear now scrutinizes these thinkers' attempts to explain human behavior in terms of a higher principle and finds that their theories fall apart.

About the Author

Jonathan Lear is John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

1. Happiness

2. Death

3. The Remainder of Life

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674003293
Author:
Lear, Jonathan
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Lear, Jonathan
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Western
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
History, Criticism, Surveys
Subject:
Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Psychoanalysis and philosophy
Subject:
Western x
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Subject:
Movements - Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Aristotle
Subject:
Philosophy-Surveys
Edition Description:
Harvard University
Series:
Tanner Lectures of Human Values
Series Volume:
106-685
Publication Date:
20000929
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
204
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.94 lb

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