A Philosophy of Boredom by Lars Svendsen

By Lars Svendsen

even though boredom is anything that we've got all suffered from sooner or later in our lives, and has turn into one of many imperative preoccupations of our age, only a few people can clarify accurately what it truly is. during this booklet Lars Svendsen examines the character of boredom, the way it originated, its background, how and why it afflicts us, and why we won't appear to conquer it via any act of will.A different and imprecise phenomenon, defined as something from ‘tame longing with none specific item’ (Schopenhauer), ‘a bestial and indefinable disease’ (Dostoevsky), to ‘time’s invasion of your international method’ (Joseph Brodsky), boredom permits many interpretations. In exploring those, Lars Svendsen brings jointly observations from philosophy, literature, psychology, theology and pop culture, analyzing boredom’s pre-Romantic manifestations in medieval torpor, philosophies of the topic from Pascal to Nietzsche, and glossy similar options of alienation and transgression, taking in texts through Samuel Beckett, J. G. Ballard, Andy Warhol and lots of others.A witty and wonderful account that considers a significant factor, it is going to entice someone who has ever felt bored, and desired to understand why.

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