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20 quotes from A Philosophy of Boredom: ‘In order to live a meaningful life, humans need answers, i.e., a certain understanding of basic existential ques. A Philosophy of Boredom. Criticism | “Parachute,” Issue , Book review of “The Philosophy of Boredom” by Lars Svendsen. (Author’s note: This version. In this book Lars Svendsen examines the nature of boredom, how it originated, its history, how and why it afflicts us, and why we cannot seem to overcome it by.

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The question is a good one, but that there is no definitive answer one way or another proves that phenomenology cannot elicit universal truths, but only illuminate personal experience.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. However, to say not merely that I or others are bored, but that the world is boring, is to assert a philosophical, metaphysical proposition.

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boredon About Lars Svendsen Lars Fr. The person who is certain as regards himself will not ask the question as to who he is. A witty and entertaining account of our dullest moments and most maddening days, A Philosophy philosopyh Boredom will appeal to anyone curious to know what lies beneath the overwhelming inertia of inactivity.

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A Philosophy of Boredom

Philosophers on Art from Kant to the Postmodernists. Svendsen’s thesis is so cool that boredom, linked with desire rather than need, suddenly seems like a desirable state of lxrs in an agitated age The Times It can also be asked whether such a project is even possible.


In the meantime, we can thank Lars Svendsen for somehow writing a thoroughly enjoyable tour guide to one of the most inhospitable deserts of modern life. A Very Short Introduction.

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Furthermore, boredom is not the same as loneliness, even though we are likely to be situatively bored in the absence of distractions. We have all suffered from it from time to time. The title should be at least 4 characters long. A typical page synergizes Kierkegaard “the only thing I see is: Ballard, Andy Warhol and many others. Although Svendsen neglects the work of the early moderns, he includes acedia in his typology of boredom.

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It tells truths about temperament but falsehoods about metaphysics. Write your own review. Please review your cart. Science Logic and Mathematics. You would be hard pressed to find a better book to make do with this year than this wonderful little one which is, somehow, despite the desolation at its core, oddly uplifting. The Literary History of a State of Mind. Svendsen approvingly quotes Hilary Putnam saying there is no distinction between what may really exist in the world and what we merely project onto it — nonsense recently demolished by Simon Blackburn in his book, Truth.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. It is, of course, as kf of study as anything else, but to call that study a philosophy is to misuse the term. A witty and entertaining account of our dullest moments and most maddening days, A Philosophy of Boredom will appeal to anyone curious to know what lies beneath the overwhelming inertia of inactivity. Daily Telegraph For a serious work of philosophy, A philosophy of Boredom exhibits a light touch and impressive pop-cultural range.


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The monastery, prison cell, and academy are not dissimilar institutions, and in light of this fact, one speculates why studies of boredom are so rare.

Nietzsche’s Philosophy of History. A Philosophy of Boredom offers an abundance of knowledge and an inspiring analysis. Thus melancholy, also akin to acediawas seen as an illness caused by a physical upset in the body. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. bodedom

A Philosophy of Boredom

Existentialism and Romantic Love. It has been described as a “tame longing without any particular object” by Schopenhauer, “a bestial and indefinable affliction” by Dostoevsky, and “time’s invasion of your world system” by Joseph Brodsky, but still very few of us today can explain precisely what boredom is. Moods are multi-layered, and often, if not always, ambivalent; and phenomenology may show that boredom manifests a fleeting change of mental gear. A Philosophy of Boredom.