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A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes

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Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969), novelist, essayist, and playwright, was one of the most important Polish writers of the twentieth century. A candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, he was described by Milan Kundera as “one of the great novelists of our century” and by John Updike as “one of the profoundest of the late moderns.”

Gombrowiczs works were considered scandalous and subversive by the ruling powers in Poland and were banned for nearly forty years. He spent his last years in France teaching philosophy; this book is a series of reflections based on his lectures.

Gombrowicz discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six “one-hour” essays and addresses Marxism in a shorter “fifteen-minute” piece. The text—a small literary gem full of sardonic wit, brilliant insights, and provocative criticism—constructs the philosophical lineage of his work.

Review:

"Though this slim volume is more a postmodern Cliffs Notes than a guide, readers who want to learn more about the big boys of Western thought have a fine tutor in Gombrowicz. Gliding effortlessly between straightforward exposition and far-reaching interpretation, with a healthy dose of respectful lampooning in between, Gombrowicz casts a lively, though dizzying, spell; on Schopenhauer's worldview: 'It is a grandiose and tragic vision which, unfortunately, coincides perfectly with reality.' Though his fluid prose sometimes obscures his meaning (considering Hegel's progress of reason, Gombrowicz's prose reads more like a performance: 'Beyond time and space. There will no longer be any movement. Then poof! the ABSOLUTE.'). Although the book covers no more than the standard group of Europeon Philosophy 101 figures (Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Heidegger, Marx, Nietzsche), it's far from introductory, playing fast and loose with some tricky concepts; readers entirely unfamiliar with the thinkers will find themselves lost at times, but the philosophy-conversant will find thought-provoking analysis and more than a few laughs." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In this inspired book, the eminent Polish author Witold Gombrowicz reflects on seven great philosophers. He discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six "one-hour" essays, then allows Marx a short "fifteen-minute" piece.

"Brilliantly, savagely funny. . . . Gombrowicz is that rare writer in whom the weight of a powerful intellect is leavened by both linguistic daring and an infectious sense of whimsy."--Benjamin Paloff, "The Nation"

"ÝThis book¨ is like the course in philosophy you wish you had taken."--David Lehman, "Bloomberg News"

"Vintage Gombrowicz: concise, sober, lucid, and radically agnostic."--Ewa Thompson, "Slavic and East European Journal"

"A must for every reader of Gombrowicz."--Denis Hollier, New York University

In this inspired book, the eminent Polish author Witold Gombrowicz reflects on seven great philosophers. He discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six "one-hour" essays, then allows Marx a short "fifteen-minute" piece.

"Brilliantly, savagely funny. . . . Gombrowicz is that rare writer in whom the weight of a powerful intellect is leavened by both linguistic daring and an infectious sense of whimsy."--Benjamin Paloff, "The Nation

""ÝThis book¨ is like the course in philosophy you wish you had taken."--David Lehman, "Bloomberg News

""Vintage Gombrowicz: concise, sober, lucid, and radically agnostic."--Ewa Thompson, "Slavic and East European Journal

""A must for every reader of Gombrowicz."--Denis Hollier, New York University

Synopsis:

In this inspired book, the eminent Polish author Witold Gombrowicz reflects on seven great philosophers. He discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six “one-hour” essays, then allows Marx a short “fifteen-minute” piece.

“Brilliantly, savagely funny. . . . Gombrowicz is that rare writer in whom the weight of a powerful intellect is leavened by both linguistic daring and an infectious sense of whimsy.”—Benjamin Paloff, The Nation

“[This book] is like the course in philosophy you wish you had taken.”—David Lehman, Bloomberg News

"Vintage Gombrowicz: concise, sober, lucid, and radically agnostic."—Ewa Thompson, Slavic and East European Journal

“A must for every reader of Gombrowicz.”—Denis Hollier, New York University

About the Author

Witold Gombrowicz is the author of Ferdydurke, Trans-Atlantyk, Cosmos, and Pornografia, the first three available from Yale University Press. These, along with his plays and the three-volume Diary, have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300123685
Author:
Gombrowicz, Witold
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Translator:
Ivry, Benjamin
Author:
Ivry, Benjamin
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy, modern
Subject:
Philosophy, european
Subject:
Philosophy-Surveys
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in 0.35 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Though this slim volume is more a postmodern Cliffs Notes than a guide, readers who want to learn more about the big boys of Western thought have a fine tutor in Gombrowicz. Gliding effortlessly between straightforward exposition and far-reaching interpretation, with a healthy dose of respectful lampooning in between, Gombrowicz casts a lively, though dizzying, spell; on Schopenhauer's worldview: 'It is a grandiose and tragic vision which, unfortunately, coincides perfectly with reality.' Though his fluid prose sometimes obscures his meaning (considering Hegel's progress of reason, Gombrowicz's prose reads more like a performance: 'Beyond time and space. There will no longer be any movement. Then poof! the ABSOLUTE.'). Although the book covers no more than the standard group of Europeon Philosophy 101 figures (Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Heidegger, Marx, Nietzsche), it's far from introductory, playing fast and loose with some tricky concepts; readers entirely unfamiliar with the thinkers will find themselves lost at times, but the philosophy-conversant will find thought-provoking analysis and more than a few laughs." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In this inspired book, the eminent Polish author Witold Gombrowicz reflects on seven great philosophers. He discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six "one-hour" essays, then allows Marx a short "fifteen-minute" piece.

"Brilliantly, savagely funny. . . . Gombrowicz is that rare writer in whom the weight of a powerful intellect is leavened by both linguistic daring and an infectious sense of whimsy."--Benjamin Paloff, "The Nation"

"ÝThis book¨ is like the course in philosophy you wish you had taken."--David Lehman, "Bloomberg News"

"Vintage Gombrowicz: concise, sober, lucid, and radically agnostic."--Ewa Thompson, "Slavic and East European Journal"

"A must for every reader of Gombrowicz."--Denis Hollier, New York University

In this inspired book, the eminent Polish author Witold Gombrowicz reflects on seven great philosophers. He discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six "one-hour" essays, then allows Marx a short "fifteen-minute" piece.

"Brilliantly, savagely funny. . . . Gombrowicz is that rare writer in whom the weight of a powerful intellect is leavened by both linguistic daring and an infectious sense of whimsy."--Benjamin Paloff, "The Nation

""ÝThis book¨ is like the course in philosophy you wish you had taken."--David Lehman, "Bloomberg News

""Vintage Gombrowicz: concise, sober, lucid, and radically agnostic."--Ewa Thompson, "Slavic and East European Journal

""A must for every reader of Gombrowicz."--Denis Hollier, New York University

"Synopsis" by ,
In this inspired book, the eminent Polish author Witold Gombrowicz reflects on seven great philosophers. He discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six “one-hour” essays, then allows Marx a short “fifteen-minute” piece.

“Brilliantly, savagely funny. . . . Gombrowicz is that rare writer in whom the weight of a powerful intellect is leavened by both linguistic daring and an infectious sense of whimsy.”—Benjamin Paloff, The Nation

“[This book] is like the course in philosophy you wish you had taken.”—David Lehman, Bloomberg News

"Vintage Gombrowicz: concise, sober, lucid, and radically agnostic."—Ewa Thompson, Slavic and East European Journal

“A must for every reader of Gombrowicz.”—Denis Hollier, New York University

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