The Present Age: On the Death of Rebellion
ISBN: 0062930850
EAN13: 9780062930859
Language: English
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 7.00" L x 4.00" W
Format: Paperback
Book Overview
In The Present Age, S ren Kierkegaard analyzes the philosophical implications of a society dominated by mass media. What makes this essay so remarkable is that, although it was written in 1846, it seems to speak directly to twenty-first century culture, where life is dominated more by information than actual knowledge. Kierkegaard goes so far as to say that advertising and publicity almost immediately co-opts and suppresses revolutionary thoughts or actions. The Present Age is essential reading for anyone who wishes to explore the role of media in the modern world. Walter Kaufmann, in his introduction to the book, says: In The Present Age we find the heart of Kierkegaard. S ren Kierkegaard (1813-55) continues to exercise a wide influence on philosophy, literature, and theology. Many of his books were published under exotic pseudonyms, and explored different dimensions of life outside Christianity. These include Either/Or, Fear and Trembling and The Concept of Anxiety. He also wrote a number of more directly devotional works, including Works of Love, but in the last years of his life attacked the established Church in a series of polemical leaflets. By far the most profound thinker of the 19th century. - Ludwig Wittgenstein
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover Kierkegaard's stunningly prescient essay that foresaw the rise of twenty-four-hour news and social media, The Present Age examines the philosophical and political implications of a culture of endless, inconsequential commentary and debate. THE HARPER PERENNIAL RESISTANCE LIBRARY In times of crisis, the great works of philosophy help us make sense of the world. The Resistance Library is a special five-book series highlighting short classic works of independent thought that illuminate the nature of truth, humanity's dangerous attraction to authoritarianism, the influence of media and mass communication, and the philosophy of resistance--all critical in understanding today's politically charged world.
From the front Cover Kierkegaard's stunningly prescient essay that foresaw the rise of twenty-four-hour news and social media, The Present Age examines the philosophical and political implications of a culture of endless, inconsequential commentary and debate. THE HARPER PERENNIAL RESISTANCE LIBRARY In times of crisis, the great works of philosophy help us make sense of the world. The Resistance Library is a special five-book series highlighting short classic works of independent thought that illuminate the nature of truth, humanity's dangerous attraction to authoritarianism, the influence of media and mass communication, and the philosophy of resistance--all critical in understanding today's politically charged world. -- Encyclopedia of Philosophy