Enemies of Hope: A Critique of Contemporary Pessimism

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Over the last few years, Raymond Tallis has published widely acclaimed critiques of influential trends in contemporary thought: for example, Not Saussure - described as 'one of the most brilliant and effective of all rebuttals of post-Saussurean theory' - In Defence of Realism and The Explicit Animal, which demonstrated the baselessness of contemporary accounts of consciousness.Enemies of Hope takes the story further, identifying the themes common to anti-humanist twentieth-century thought and challenging the cult of pessimism that pervades our age. Tallis teases out the many strands of the comfortable, self-congratulatory cynicism of modernist and postmodernist cultural critics, exposing their self-contradictions and their wilful blindness to the distinctive mystery of human nature. The 'pathologisers of culture' and 'the marginalisers of consciousness' are shown to be the enemies of hope - the hope of progress based upon the rational, conscious endeavours of humankind.Perceptive, passionate and often controversial, Raymond Tallis's latest debunking of Kulturkritik explores a host of ethical and philosophical issues central to contemporary thought, raising questions we cannot afford to ignore. After reading Enemies of Hope, those minded to misrepresent mankind in ways that are almost routine amongst humanist intellectuals may be inclined to think twice. By clearing away the hysterical anti-humanism of the twentieth century Enemies of Hope frees us to start thinking constructively about the way forward for humanity in the twenty-first.
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ISBN-13: 9780312224172
ISBN-10: 0312224176
Pagini: 516
Ilustrații: XV, 499 p.
Dimensiuni: 140 x 216 x 32 mm
Greutate: 0.75 kg
Ediția: 1997
Editura: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Colecția Palgrave Macmillan
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Preface to the 1999 Reprint Acknowledgements Prologue: Isaiah Berlin's 'Yes-But to the Enlightenment' Introduction: Elements of Enlightenment Thought PART I: PATHOLOGISING CULTURE Introduction: Man as a Sick Animal From Apes to Plato Falling into the Ha-Ha The Wisdom of Myths and the Myths of Wisdom A Critique of Cultural Criticism PART II: MARGINALISING CONSCIOUSNESS Introduction: Rational Consciousness as an Embarrassment Marx and the Historical Unconscious Durkheim and the Social Unconscious Freud and the Instinctual Unconscious The Linguistic Unconscious: Saussure and the Post Saussureans, The Absent Author, The Absent Speaker, The Absent Self Unconscious Consciousness: From Behaviourism to Cognitive Psychology Recovering the Conscious Agent Appendix Epilogue Notes and References Index

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RAYMOND TALLIS was recently described in The Times Higher Educational Supplement as 'one of the most intriguing figures in the current intellectual scene'. Trained as a doctor at Oxford University and St.Thomas' Hospital, he has written extensively outside of medicine of the last 15 years. He has published short stories and poetry, and been recognized for his critiques of post-Saussurean thought, his reflections on art and science, and his discussions of the philosophy of mind. He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Hull in 1997 for his contributions to literary scholarship. Since 1987 he has been Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester and a consultant physician in Health Care of the elderly in Salford.