A Hedonist Manifesto : The Power to Exist / Michel Onfray.Material type: BookSeries: Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture.Publisher: New York, NY : Columbia University Press, Copyright date: ©2015Description: 1 online resource(208 p.) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780231538367.Subject(s): Hedonism | Ontology | Philosophy, Modern -- 21st century | Ethics | Hedonism | Ontology | Philosophie | Philosophy, Modern | PhilosophyDDC classification: 194 | 194 Online resources: De Gruyter Rights, Action, and Social Responsibility
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Frontmatter -- CONTENTS -- Translator’s Introduction -- Preface -- PART I. An Alternative Method -- 1. A Philosophical Side Path -- 2. Bodily Reason -- 3. A Philosophical Life -- PART II. An Elective Ethics -- 4. An Atheological Morality -- 5. A Rule of Immanent Play -- 6. A Hedonist Intersubjectivity -- PART III. Solar Erotics -- 7. The Ascetic Ideal -- 8. A Libertarian Libido -- 9. Carnal Hospitality -- PART IV. A Cynical Aesthetic -- 10. An Archipelagic Logic -- 11. A Psychopathology of Art -- 12. A Playful Art -- PART V. A Promethean Bioethics -- 13. De-Christianized Flesh -- 14. An Art of Artifice -- 15. The Faustian Body -- PART VI. Libertarian Politics -- 16. Mapping Poverty -- 17. Hedonist Politics -- 18. A Practice of Resistance -- Notes -- Index -- Backmatter
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Michael Onfray passionately defends the potential of hedonism to resolve the dislocations and disconnections of our melancholy age. In a sweeping survey of history's engagement with and rejection of the body, he exposes the sterile conventions that prevent us from realizing a more immediate, ethical, and embodied life. He then lays the groundwork for both a radical and constructive politics of the body that adds to debates over morality, equality, sexual relations, and social engagement, demonstrating how philosophy, and not just modern scientism, can contribute to a humanistic ethics.Onfray attacks Platonic idealism and its manifestation in Judaic, Christian, and Islamic belief. He warns of the lure of attachment to the purportedly eternal, immutable truths of idealism, which detracts from the immediacy of the world and our bodily existence. Insisting that philosophy is a practice that operates in the real, material world, Onfray enlists Epicurus and Democritus to undermine idealist and theological metaphysics; Nietzsche, Bentham, and Mill to dismantle idealist ethics; and Palante and Bourdieu to collapse crypto-fascist neoliberalism. In their place, he constructs a positive, hedonistic ethics that enlarges on the work of the New Atheists to promote a joyful approach to our lives in this, our only, world.
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Michel Onfray is a French philosopher and public intellectual who founded and teaches at the free Popular University of Caen. He has written more than sixty books, many of them bestsellers, including Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam and the award-winning Sculpting the Self. Joseph McClellan earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University and has taught Asian and Western philosophy and religion at several universities.