By Witold Gombrowicz

In a small literary gem jam-packed with sardonic wit, fabulous insights, and provocative feedback Witold Gombrowicz discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six "one-hour" essays—and addresses Marxism in a "fifteen-minute" piece.

"Who hasn't wanted for a painless option to discover what the large photographs of philosophy—Hegel and Kant, Nietzsche and Sartre—thought of the human situation? It hasn't ever been effortless interpreting such ambitious thinkers, and so much explainers and textbooks both go wrong or bloodbath the language. So think my excitement in beginning Witold Gombrowicz's consultant to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen mins, a very good attempt at summarizing options in daring, declarative sentences...[This ebook] is just like the direction in philosophy you need you had taken."—David Lehman, Bloomberg News

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At Oxbridge, the conspicuous consumers are all men. How different by comparison is the standard treatment of female consumption, which is typically portrayed dystopically. 12 Woolf even addresses the distortion when she declares in A Room of One’s Own: ‘Speaking crudely, football and sport are “important”; the worship of fashion, the buying of clothes “trivial”’ (74). The professional and productive female in potentia, however, when conceived as an artist or intellectual of Bloomsbury or Oxbridge as Woolf does, is cleansed of any taint of the vulgarity of the marketplace.

Deploying the same logic as the expert class – to wit the logic of assimilating and subjugating less knowledgeable groups to assert the authority of its expertise over the social realm – this modernist elite helps to put in perspective the aesthetic language, technical innovation, and signifying system that enable the cultural reproduction of desiring subjects into desirable objects, which returns me to the opening and to Freud’s and Lawrence’s concupiscent narratives. Given the cult of the expert and the epistemic and economic changes that motivated them, we are now perhaps better positioned to discern that modernists were not the victims of an overbearing Victorian society as their works relentlessly aver, but, pace Foucault’s hypothesis, were rather producers of a repressive tropology that justified their interventions in household autonomy and sanctioned their expert remedies.

M. Forster and James Joyce, as I demonstrate in a separate chapter on each. Here I resume the claim begun with Woolf that the modernist novel inaugurated a new sensorium of body and consciousness that in effect offered both cognoscenti and common readers a modern language to learn, a new way of knowing themselves as discrete individuals and as a cultural aggregate. For Forster, the model of the female intellectual offers insight into the way the novelist can at once disown, appropriate, and then master the feminine.

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