Lars Svendsen, John Irons's A philosophy of boredom PDF

By Lars Svendsen, John Irons

ISBN-10: 1861892179

ISBN-13: 9781861892171

It has been defined as a "tame longing with none specific item" via Schopenhauer, "a bestial and indefinable ailment" via Dostoevsky, and "time's invasion of your global process" through Joseph Brodsky, yet nonetheless only a few people this present day can clarify accurately what boredom is. A Philosophy of Boredom investigates one of many important preoccupations of our age because it probes the character of boredom, the way it originated, how and why it afflicts us, and why we won't appear to triumph over it via any act of will.

Lars Svendsen brings jointly observations from philosophy, literature, psychology, theology, and pop culture, reading boredom's pre-Romantic manifestations in medieval torpor, philosophical musings on boredom from Pascal to Nietzsche, and smooth explorations into alienation and transgression through twentieth-century artists from Beckett to Warhol. A witty and unique account of our dullest moments and so much maddening days, A Philosophy of Boredom will entice someone curious to grasp what lies underneath the overpowering inertia of inactivity.

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One gains temporary relief from boredom. As the narrator says in Alberto Moravia’s novel La Noia, comparing his own boredom with that which plagued his father: Father had indeed suffered from boredom, he too, but for him this suffering had been acted out in a happy vagabondlike existence in various regions. e. behaviour that is more radical and transfrontier. Georges Bataille has commented thus: ‘There is no feeling that is more exhilarating than the awareness of the emptiness that surrounds us.

One gains temporary relief from boredom. As the narrator says in Alberto Moravia’s novel La Noia, comparing his own boredom with that which plagued his father: Father had indeed suffered from boredom, he too, but for him this suffering had been acted out in a happy vagabondlike existence in various regions. e. behaviour that is more radical and transfrontier. Georges Bataille has commented thus: ‘There is no feeling that is more exhilarating than the awareness of the emptiness that surrounds us.

When I handed in the dissertation I felt an enormous sense of relief, and thought that I would find life more meaningful again, now that I could be idle. And so I did for a few weeks, but then things returned to the same as before. Leisure is in itself no more meaningful than work, and the more basic question is how one chooses to be idle. Very few of us indeed have any reason to live a life of total idleness, and alternate between work and free time. We start by working the whole day, then watch TV all evening before sleeping all night.

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