Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Click & Collect from 2 Hours*
Last Christmas delivery dates
Free UK Standard Delivery On all orders £20 and over Order in time for Christmas 19th December 2nd Class | 20th December 1st Class Free Click & Collect to UK shops From 2 hours of your order*
Practical Judgments: Essays in Culture, Politics, and Interpretation (Paperback)
  • Practical Judgments: Essays in Culture, Politics, and Interpretation (Paperback)
zoom

Practical Judgments: Essays in Culture, Politics, and Interpretation (Paperback)

(author)
£26.99
Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 23/04/2004
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
What does it mean to be both a professor of philosophy and a public intellectual in an age when every CEO is hailed as an intellectual, every adman a visionary? When the opinions of TV pundits and 'fast thinkers' seem to carry the day? When academics bemoan the loss of critical engagement and dialogue? The essays and book reviews collected in Practical Judgments represent popular Toronto philosopher and cultural theorist Mark Kingwell's negotiation of the space where academe collides with the world outside the ivory tower. Kingwell considers cricket and consciousness, dandies and television, the ethics of books and lifestyles, and the possibility of critical theory. He looks to Nietzsche, Husserl, and Adorno for inspiration, but also to Cary Grant, Bruce Mau, and Jorge Luis Borges. Throughout, Kingwell shows a deep respect for the philosophical enterprise in its peculiar current conditions and a commitment to think sharply and with self-awareness about these conditions. Intended as both a philosophical examination of the commonplace virtues of wonder, civility, and common sense, and a realistic illustration of how Kingwell sees them working, Practical Judgments calls attention to the process of thinking and, by example, encourages the reader to engage in similar philosophizing. The book itself is structured to show the arc of thought, from the more abstract, scholarly examinations of people and ideas, to critical reflections on the impetus for philosophy and its possibilities as a force for change in the world around us. Practical Judgments reveals the sources and developments of Kingwell's thought and examines the nature and limits of intellectual engagement. It displays Kingwell's political commitment to a hermeneutic form of social democracy by revealing a careful attention to the texture of daily cultural affairs. Arguing for a form of critical engagement without which political action is impossible, Kingwell shows that attention to everyday life is worthwhile both in itself and as part of a larger philosophical endeavour.

Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802038012
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 213 x 129 x 26 mm

You may also be interested in...

The Tipping Point
Added to basket
How England Made the English
Added to basket
Plato: A Very Short Introduction
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.99
Paperback
Ghosts of My Life
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
A Russian Journal
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Added to basket
Midnight In Sicily
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Conquest of Bread
Added to basket
Revolution In The Head
Added to basket
The Scottish Enlightenment
Added to basket
Sapiens
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
The Xenophobe's Guide to the English
Added to basket
My Future Listography
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
The Songlines
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.