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Author Jantzen, Grace M
Title Foundations of Violence
Imprint London : Taylor & Francis Group, 2004
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (401 pages)
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Series Death and the Displacement of Beauty Ser
Death and the Displacement of Beauty Ser
Note Cover -- Death and the Displacement of Beauty: Volume One Foundations of Violence -- Copyright -- Contents -- Part I: Beauty, gender and death -- 1. Redeeming the present: the therapy of philosophy -- 2. Symptoms of a deathly symbolic -- 3. Denaturalizing death -- 4. Towards a poetics of natality -- Part II: Out of the cave -- Introduction -- 5. The rage of Achilles -- 6. Odysseus on the barren sea -- 7. 'The murderous misery of war' -- 8. Whose tragedy? -- 9. Parmenides meets the goddess -- 10. How to give birth like a man -- 11. The open sea of beauty -- 12. The fault lines of flourishing -- Part III: Eternal Rome? -- Introduction -- 13. Anxiety about nothing(ness): Lucretius and the fear of death -- 14. 'If we wish to be men': Roman constructions of gender -- 15. Valour and gender in the Pax Augusta -- 16. Dissent in Rome -- 17. Stoical death: Seneca's conscience -- 18. Spectacles of death -- 19. Violence to eternity: Plotinus and the mystical way -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
The pursuit of death and the love of death has characterized Western culture from Homeric times through centuries of Christianity, taking particular deadly shapes in Western postmodernity. This necrophilia shows itself in destruction and violence, in a focus on other worlds and degradation of this one, and in hatred of the body, sense and sexuality. In her major new book project Death and the Displacement of Beauty, Grace M. Jantzen seeks to disrupt this wish for death, opening a new acceptance of beauty and desire that makes it possible to choose life. Foundations of Violence enters the ancient world of Homer, Sophocles, Plato and Aristotle to explore the genealogy of violence in Western thought through its emergence in Greece and Rome. It uncovers origins of ideas of death from the 'beautiful death' of Homeric heroes to the gendered misery of war, showing the tensions between those who tried to eliminate fear of death by denying its significance, and those like Plotinus who looked to another world, seeking life and beauty in another realm
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Jantzen, Grace M. Foundations of Violence London : Taylor & Francis Group,c2004 9780415290326
Subject Death - History
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