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Pessimism: Philosophy, Ethic, Spirit


Pessimism claims an impressive following--from Rousseau, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche, to Freud, Camus, and Foucault. Yet "pessimist" remains a term of abuse--an accusation of a bad attitude--or the diagnosis of an unhappy psychological state. Pessimism is thought of as an exclusively negative stance that inevitably leads to resignation or despair. Even when pessimism looks like utter truth, we are told that it makes the worst of a bad situation. Bad for the individual, worse for the species--who would actually counsel ...

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Pessimism: Philosophy, Ethic, Spirit
2009, Princeton University Press, Princeton

ISBN-13: 9780691141121

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Pessimism: Philosophy, Ethic, Spirit
2006, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J.

ISBN-13: 9780691125527


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