A case for irony / Jonathan Lear ; with commentary by Cora Diamond [and others].Material type: TextSeries: JSTOR eBooksTanner lectures on human values (Cambridge, Mass.): Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011Description: 1 online resource (xii, 210 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780674063143; 0674063147Subject(s): IronyAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Case for irony.DDC classification: 128 LOC classification: BH301.I7 | L43 2011Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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CHOICE ReviewThis well-conceived collection of essays derives from Lear's Tanner Lectures on Human Values and certain critical responses to them. Lear (Univ. of Chicago) sees Kierkegaard's notion of an ironic existence as important, particularly as related to the example of Socrates. He understands Kierkegaard to have emphasized irony not simply as the ability to convey the opposite of what one says or writes, but also as uniquely human in preserving openness to life's experiences and one's own understanding of them. Lear argues for the moral and psychoanalytic significance of such an outlook. Well written and accessible, the book nevertheless assumes passing familiarity with the thought of Kierkegaard and with canonical names such as Plato, Freud, and Kant. Through Lear's lectures, the commentaries on them, and his replies to them, readers can discover interesting dimensions to the question of irony and its relation to human life. Yet, largely owing to its origin in lectures, this volume likely will serve best for initiating further exploration or supplementing additional reading. Advanced undergraduates could benefit as long as they have no expectation of a thorough exploration of irony's use in Kierkegaard or Plato. As a case for irony, this volume will be most valuable to graduate students/professionals. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above. J. R. Couch Keene State College
Author notes provided by SyndeticsConsidered one of the most independent and perceptive analysts of contemporary intellectual culture, Jonathan Lear has authored several thought-provoking works including Aristotle and Logical Theory; Aristotle: The Desire to Understand; Love and Its Place In Nature; A Philosophical Interpretation of Freudian Psychoanalysis; and Open Minded, among others. He is a member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and has been recognized as John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor.
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