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The Resource A case for irony, Jonathan Lear ; with commentary by Cora Diamond ... [et al.], (electronic book)

A case for irony, Jonathan Lear ; with commentary by Cora Diamond ... [et al.], (electronic book)

Label
A case for irony
Title
A case for irony
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Lear ; with commentary by Cora Diamond ... [et al.]
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In 2001, Vanity Fair declared that the Age of Irony was over. Joan Didion has lamented that the United States in the era of Barack Obama has become an "irony-free zone." Jonathan Lear in his 2006 book Radical Hope looked into America's heart to ask how might we dispose ourselves if we came to feel our way of life was coming to an end. Here, he mobilizes a squad of philosophers and a psychoanalyst to once again forge a radical way forward, by arguing that no genuinely human life is possible without irony. Becoming human should not be taken for granted, Lear writes. It is something we accomplish, something we get the hang of, and like Kierkegaard and Plato, Lear claims that irony is one of the essential tools we use to do this. For Lear and the participants in his Socratic dialogue, irony is not about being cool and detached like a player in a Woody Allen film. That, as Johannes Climacus, one of Kierkegaard's pseudonymous authors, puts it, "is something only assistant professors assume." Instead, it is a renewed commitment to living seriously, to experiencing every disruption that shakes us out of our habitual ways of tuning out of life, with all its vicissitudes. While many over the centuries have argued differently, Lear claims that our feelings and desires tend toward order, a structure that irony shakes us into seeing. Lear's exchanges with his interlocutors strengthen his claims, while his experiences as a practicing psychoanalyst bring an emotionally gripping dimension to what is at stake--the psychic costs and benefits of living with irony
  • Vanity Fair has declared the Age of Irony over. Joan Didion has lamented that Obama's United States is an "irony-free zone." Here Jonathan Lear argues that irony is one of the tools we use to live seriously, to get the hang of becoming human. It forces us to experience disruptions in our habitual ways of tuning out of life, but comes with a cost
Cataloging source
CaPaEBR
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Lear, Jonathan
Dewey number
128
Index
index present
LC call number
BH301.I7
LC item number
L43 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • standards specifications
  • bibliography
Series statement
The Tanner lectures on human values
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Irony
  • Cynicism
Label
A case for irony, Jonathan Lear ; with commentary by Cora Diamond ... [et al.], (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10504833
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xii, 210 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780674063143
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
A case for irony, Jonathan Lear ; with commentary by Cora Diamond ... [et al.], (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10504833
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xii, 210 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780674063143
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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