LoveKnowledge: The Life of Philosophy from Socrates to Derrida

Paperback | June 21, 2016

byRoy Brand

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Since its inception, philosophy has struggled to perfect individual understanding through discussion and dialogue based in personal, poetic, or dramatic investigation. The positions of such philosophers as Socrates, Spinoza, Rousseau, Nietzsche, Foucault, and Derrida differ in almost every respect, yet these thinkers all share a common method of practicing philosophy-not as a detached, intellectual discipline, but as a worldly art.

What is the love that turns into knowledge and how is the knowledge we seek already a form of love? Reading key texts from Socrates to Derrida, this book addresses the fundamental tension between love and knowledge that informs the history of Western philosophy. LoveKnowledge returns to the long tradition of philosophy as an exercise not only of the mind but also of the soul, asking whether philosophy can shape and inform our lives and communities.

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Since its inception, philosophy has struggled to perfect individual understanding through discussion and dialogue based in personal, poetic, or dramatic investigation. The positions of such philosophers as Socrates, Spinoza, Rousseau, Nietzsche, Foucault, and Derrida differ in almost every respect, yet these thinkers all share a commo...

Roy Brand is a professor of philosophy at the Graduate School of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, and the director and chief curator of Yaffo 23, a center for contemporary art and culture. He is the editor and translator of Philosophy in a Time of Terror: Dialogues with Habermas and Derrida and editor and consultant cura...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 21, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231160453

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Undoing Knowledge: Socrates of the Apology2. The Logic of Desire: Socrates of the Symposium3. Under a Certain Form of Eternity: Spinoza's Ethics4. Communicating Solitude: Rousseau's Reveries of the Solitary Walker5. How We Become What We Are: Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals6. Becoming Other: Foucault's History of Sexuality7. Derrida's "Here I Am"NotesIndex

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The greatest strength of Brand's book is that it is humble, an uncommon virtue among academic philosophers.