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- DescriptionWhat is Structuralism? How is it possible? And once the structures of Structuralism have been discovered, how is Poststructuralism possible? Thus begins Don Palmer's STRUCTURALISM AND POSTSTRUCTURALISM FOR BEGINNERS. If Nobel or Pulitzer ever made a prize for making the most difficult philosophers and ideas accessible to the greatest number of people, one of the leading candidates would certainly be Professor Don Palmer. From his Sartre For Beginners and Kierkegaard For Beginners to his Looking at Philosophy, author/i8llustrator Don Palmer has the magic touch when it comes to translating the most brutally difficult ideas into language and images that n-specialists can understand. In its less dramatic versions, writes Palme, structuralism is just a method of studying language, society, and the works of artists and velists. But in its most exuberant form, it is a philosophy, an overall worldview that provides an account of reality and kwledge. Poststructuralism is a loosely knit intellectual movement, comprised mainly of ex-structuralists, who either became dissatisfied with the theory or felt they could improve it. STRUCTURALISM AND POSTSTRUCTURALISM FOR BEGINNERS is an illustrated tour through the mysterious landscape of Structuralism and Poststructuralism. The book's starting point is the linguistic theory of Ferdinand de Sausser. The book moves on to the anthropologist and literary critic Claude Levi-Strauss; the semiologost and literary critic Roland Barthes; the Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser; the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan; the deconstructionist Jacques Derrida. Learn among other things, why structuralists say: Reality is composed of t Things, but Relationships Every object is both a presence and an absence The total system is present in each of its parts The parts are more real than the whole The book concludes by examining the postmodern obsession with language and with the radical claim of the disappearance of the individual - obsessions that unite the work of all these theorists.
- Author BiographyDonald Palmer is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the college of Marin in Kentfield, California. Currently he is visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is also author of: Kierkegaard For BeginnersSartre for BeginnersLooking at Philosophy, Mayfield Publishing Co. Does the Center Hold?, Mayfield Publishing Co.
- PublisherFor Beginners
- Date of Publication21/08/2007
- SubjectHistory of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
- Series TitleFor Beginners
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFor Beginners
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight264 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Illustrator(s)Donald D. Palmer
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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