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A case for irony

Author: Jonathan Lear
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011.
Series: Tanner lectures on human values (Cambridge, Mass.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Lear
ISBN: 9780674061453 0674061454 0674063147 9780674063143 9780674416888 0674416880
OCLC Number: 709670335
Description: xii, 210 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The lectures. To become human does not come that easily --
Ironic soul --
Commentary. Self-constitution and irony / Christine M. Korsgaard --
Irony, reflection, and psychic unity : a response to Christine M. Korsgaard --
Psychoanalysis and the limits of reflection / Richard Moran --
The immanence of irony and the efficacy of fantasy : a response to Richard Moran --
Thoughts about irony and identity / Cora Diamond --
Flight from irony : a response to Cora Diamond --
On the observing ego and the experiencing ego / Robert A. Paul --
Observing ego and social voice : a response to Robert A. Paul.
Series Title: Tanner lectures on human values (Cambridge, Mass.)
Responsibility: Jonathan Lear ; with commentary by Cora Diamond [and others].


"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  Read more...
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Photo by Dan Dry Lear performs a valuable service. He shows us just how far the contemporary usage of irony diverges from an older, far more appealing meaning, according to which irony is a portal to Read more...

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