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A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes by Witold Gombrowicz

By Witold Gombrowicz

In a small literary gem packed with sardonic wit, marvelous insights, and provocative feedback Witold Gombrowicz discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six "one-hour" essays—and addresses Marxism in a "fifteen-minute" piece.

"Who hasn't needed for a painless strategy to discover what the large pictures of philosophy—Hegel and Kant, Nietzsche and Sartre—thought of the human situation? It hasn't ever been effortless examining such ambitious thinkers, and so much explainers and textbooks both go wrong or bloodbath the language. So think my excitement in commencing Witold Gombrowicz's advisor to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen mins, an excellent attempt at summarizing suggestions in daring, declarative sentences...[This ebook] is just like the path in philosophy you would like you had taken."—David Lehman, Bloomberg News

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While an additional range of ‘canonical’ authors will be covered here, this series also highlights the centrality of supposedly ‘minor’ or occluded figures, not least in helping to establish broader intellectual genealogies of Modernist writing. Furthermore, while the series will be weighted towards the English-speaking world, studies of non-Anglophone Modernists whose writings are ripe for archivally based exploration shall also be included here. A key aim of such historicizing is to reach beyond the familiar rhetoric of intellectual and artistic ‘autonomy’ employed by many Modernists and their critical commentators.

They only had to be properly understood and absorbed into artistic practice. Pound’s efforts to unearth such varied funds of creative insight were not in every instance made in vacuo, but he is principally responsible for a range of innovations and resources available to poets today. Pound’s encyclopaedic imperative also led him to question intellectual orthodoxies, and to seek out and understand ideas and texts that ran counter to the received narratives of literary and cultural history. One prominent figure in Pound’s counter-tradition is the ninth-century Irish theologian, scholar and poet Johannes Scottus Eriugena.

This work functioned as a form of preparation for subsequent work on the Latin texts in Patrologia Latina 122. The unpublished notes bear evidence of wide-ranging thought on the subject of Eriugena’s intellectual interests, although the notes also show that Pound spent much more time and attention on certain texts (the translations of the works of Pseudo-Dionysius as well as the Carmina) over others (the gospel commentaries, De praedestinatione, the Periphyseon). Close examination of the historical context of the production and circulation of Eriugena’s texts, as well as their reception in later periods, affords an insight into the reasons why Pound was so drawn to this figure during the mid- and late 1930s.

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