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Foundations of Violence : Foundations of Violence - Grace M. Jantzen

Foundations of Violence

Foundations of Violence

Paperback Published: 20th May 2004
ISBN: 9780415290333
Number Of Pages: 390

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The pursuit of death and the love of death has characterized Western culture from Homeric times through centuries of Christianity, taking particular deadly shapes in Western postmodernity. This necrophilia shows itself in destruction and violence, in a focus on other worlds and degradation of this one, and in hatred of the body, sense and sexuality. In her major new book project Death and the Displacement of Beauty, Grace M. Jantzen seeks to disrupt this wish for death, opening a new acceptance of beauty and desire that makes it possible to choose life.
Foundations of Violence enters the ancient world of Homer, Sophocles, Plato and Aristotle to explore the genealogy of violence in Western thought through its emergence in Greece and Rome. It uncovers origins of ideas of death from the 'beautiful death' of Homeric heroes to the gendered misery of war, showing the tensions between those who tried to eliminate fear of death by denying its significance, and those like Plotinus who looked to another world, seeking life and beauty in another realm.

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Beauty, Gender and Death
Redeeming the Present: The Therapy of Philosophy
Symptoms of a Deathly Symbolic
Denaturalizing Death
Towards a Poetics of Natality
Out of the Cave Introduction
The Rage of Achilles
Odysseus on the Barren Sea
The Murderous Misery of War
Whose Tragedy?
Parmenides Meets the Goddess
How to Give Birth Like a Man
The Open Sea of Beauty
The Fault Lines of Flourishing
Eternal Rome?
Anxiety about Nothing(ness): Lucretius and the Fear of Death
'If We Wish to be Men': Roman Constructions of Gender
Valour and Gender in the Pax Augusta
Dissent in Rome
Stoical Death: Seneca's Conscience
Spectacles of Death
Violence to Eternity: Plotinus and the Mystical Way
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ISBN: 9780415290333
ISBN-10: 0415290333
Series: Foundations of Violence : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 390
Published: 20th May 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.9  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1