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- DescriptionThe pursuit of death and the love of death has characterized Western culture from Homeric times through centuries of Christianity, taking particular deadly shapes in Western postmodernity. This necrophilia shows itself in destruction and violence, in a focus on other worlds and degradation of this one, and in hatred of the body, sense and sexuality. In her major new book project Death and the Displacement of Beauty, Grace M. Jantzen seeks to disrupt this wish for death, opening a new acceptance of beauty and desire that makes it possible to choose life. Foundations of Violence enters the ancient world of Homer, Sophocles, Plato and Aristotle to explore the genealogy of violence in Western thought through its emergence in Greece and Rome. It uncovers origins of ideas of death from the 'beautiful death' of Homeric heroes to the gendered misery of war, showing the tensions between those who tried to eliminate fear of death by denying its significance, and those like Plotinus who looked to ather world, seeking life and beauty in ather realm.
- Author BiographyGrace M Jantzen is Research Professor of Religion, Culture and Gender at the University of Manchester.
- Author(s)Grace M. Jantzen
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication20/05/2004
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Series TitleDeath and the Displacement of Beauty
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note24halftones
- Weight589 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine24 mm
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