Jonathan Swift and Philosophy (Hardback)
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Jonathan Swift and Philosophy (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 07/12/2016
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Jonathan Swift and Philosophy is the first book to analyse and interpret Swift's writing from a philosophical angle. By placing key texts of Swift in their philosophical and cultural contexts and providing background to their history of ideas, it demonstrates how well informed Swift's criticism of the politics, philosophy, and science of his age actually was. Moreover, it also sets straight preconceptions about Swift as ignorant about the scientific developments of his time. The authors offer insights into, and interpretations of, Swift's political philosophy, ethics, and his philosophy of science and demonstrate how versatile a writer and thinker Swift actually was. This book will be of interest to scholars of philosophy, history of ideas, and 18th century literature and culture.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498521536
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 531 g
Dimensions: 237 x 159 x 23 mm


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This fascinating collection testifies to Swift's important place in the history of ideas, despite him once joking that `all notions too abstracted / Are like the ravings of a crackt head'. These provocative and lucidly-written essays range across the Swift canon, positioning his works in intense dialogue with other key Enlightenment thinkers on issues of ethics, science and politics. Yet, most significantly, Jonathan Swift and Philosophy reveals to us an enduring writer whose works speak profoundly to the debates of today. -- Greg Lynall, University of Liverpool
This volume produces a deeper appreciation of Swift while shedding light on philosophers like Locke and Plato. No mere "battle of the books," it's reason versus emotion, and cynicism versus satire. Debating it all is no mean task or modest proposal. -- William Irwin, King's College, Pennsylvania
The best authors teach us about ourselves by telling us stories about other people. And Jonathan Swift is one of the best. Through his tales, his wit, and his irony, we learn about our world (science), ourselves (ethics), and our relationships to other people (politics). Each section of this book explores one of these elements of our lives through philosophical analyses of Swift's works. Readers will gain a deeper appreciation for their own world by exploring the rich philosophical landscapes of Swift's. -- Jacob Held, University of Central Arkansas

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