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Author Schnauder, Ludwig
Title Free Will and Determinism in Joseph Conrad's Major Novels
Imprint Amsterdam : BRILL, 2009
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Series Internationale Forschungen Zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft Ser. ; v.125
Internationale Forschungen Zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft Ser
Note Intro -- Free Will and Determinism in Joseph Conrad's Major Novels -- Contents -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Free Will and Determinism: A Philosophical Introduction -- 2.1 Key theories in the Free Will and Determinism Debate -- 2.2 Arguments for and against Determinism -- 2.3 Arguments for and against Indeterminism -- 2.4 Free Will and Determinism in the history of philosophy -- 3. Free Will and Determinism in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Britain -- 3.1 Victorian Compatibilism -- 3.2 Late Victorian and Early Modernist Incompatibilism -- 4. Conrad and the Problem of Free Will -- 4.1 The Conradian world picture -- 4.2 Conrad's position in the Free Will and Determinism Debate -- 5. Heart of Darkness and the Empire Machine -- 5.1 The frame tale and Marlow's preamble -- 5.2 Marlow's decision to go to Africa and his appointment -- 5.3 Marlow's journey to Africa and his arrival at the Outer Station -- 5.4 The Central Station -- 5.5 The journey towards the Inner Station -- 5.6 The character of Kurtz -- 5.7 The 'death-bed cry' and Marlow's relationship with Kurtz -- 5.8 Determinism and Indeterminism -- 6. Nostromo and the Mechanics of History -- 6.1 The Whig or bourgeois/capitalist perspective -- 6.2 The Marxist view of history -- 6.3 The individual and the historical moment -- 6.4 The Darwinian view of history -- 7. The Secret Agent and the Urban Jungle -- 7.1 The representation of London -- 7.2 The ambiguity of time -- 7.3 Society and its control mechanisms -- 7.4 Society and economic determinism -- 7.5 Society and variants of Darwinian determinism -- 7.6 The individual, freedom, and morality -- 8. Conclusion -- 9. Works Cited
Although it has often been pointed out that the protagonists of Joseph Conrad's novels frequently fail in what they attempt to achieve, the forces that oppose them have rarely been examined systematically. Furthermore, no sustained attempts have been made to rigorously address the central philosophical issue the characters' predicament raises: that of the freedom-of-the-will. This interdisciplinary study seeks to remedy this neglect by taking recourse not only to the philosophical debate about free will and determinism but also to the relevant historical, economic, scientific, and literary discourses in the Victorian and Early-Modernist periods. Against this background a paradigmatic analysis of three of Conrad's most significant novels - Heart of Darkness , Nostromo , and The Secret Agent - investigates the writer's position in the free will and determinism debate by identifying certain recurring themes in which the freedom-of-the-will problem manifests itself. Light is thereby also thrown on a central Conradian paradox: how Conrad can insist on morality and moral responsibility, which presupposes the existence of free will, in a materialist-deterministic world, which denies it
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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: Schnauder, Ludwig Free Will and Determinism in Joseph Conrad's Major Novels Amsterdam : BRILL,c2009 9789042026162
Subject Conrad, Joseph, -- 1857-1924 -- Criticism and interpretation.;Free will and determinism in literature
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