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Materialism

by Terry Eagleton Yale University Press
Pub Date:
01/2017
ISBN:
9780300218800
Format:
Hbk 192 pages
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In this eye-opening, intellectually stimulating appreciation of a fascinating school of philosophy, Terry Eagleton makes a powerful argument that materialism is at the center of today's important scientific and cultural as well as philosophical debates, following the inroads being made by contemporary neuroscience on such issues as the nature of consciousness, the body's role in cognition, and the existence of mental states.   


 


The author reveals entirely fresh ways of considering the values and beliefs of three very different materialists-Marx, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein-drawing striking comparisons between their philosophies while reflecting on a wide array of topics, from ideology and history to language, ethics, and the aesthetic. Cogently demonstrating how it is our bodies and corporeal activity that make thought and consciousness possible, Eagleton's book is a valuable exposition on philosophic thought that strikes to the heart of how we think about ourselves and live in the world.
 Eagleton is a clear, combative writer whom it is always a pleasure to read, even – or especially – for those who disagree with him. Culture exhibits his virtues to the full.’


—Theodore Dalrymple, author of Our Culture, What’s Left of It   


'Eagleton’s central notion, that culture is the "social unconscious", is beautifully delineated. He gives us a seamless journey from Marx, through Nietzsche and Freud, to Burke, Herder, Wittgenstein, T.S. Eliot and Wilde, but at the same time takes in popular idioms, in a hugely satisfying marriage of "high" and "low".'


- Peter Watson, author of The Age of Nothing: How We Have Sought To Live Since The Death of God
Terry Eagleton is distinguished professor of English literature, University of Lancaster, and the author of more than fifty books spanning the fields of literary theory, postmodernism, politics, ideology, and religion. He lives in Northern Ireland.