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The Function of Cynicism at the Present Time

The Function of Cynicism at the Present Time

ISBN 9780198861935
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Publisher Oxford University Press UK
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The Function of Cynicism is an innovative work of literary and philosophical criticism, arguing that cynicism is not always as negative or politically weak as routinely thought. Helen Small treats cynic confrontationalism as a widely-employed credibility-check on the promotion of moral ideals. Through close readings of Friedrich Nietzsche, Thomas Carlyle, George Eliot, Ford Madox Ford, Bertrand Russell, John Dewey, and Laura Kipnis, she thinks about cynicism in relation to topical concerns: abrasiveness in public argument; debasing challenges to conventional morality; free speech; moral controversialism, the authority of reason and its limits; nationalism and resistance to nationalism; freedom of expression as a core principle of the university.
Overview
The Function of Cynicism is an innovative work of literary and philosophical criticism, arguing that cynicism is not always as negative or politically weak as routinely thought. Helen Small treats cynic confrontationalism as a widely-employed credibility-check on the promotion of moral ideals. Through close readings of Friedrich Nietzsche, Thomas Carlyle, George Eliot, Ford Madox Ford, Bertrand Russell, John Dewey, and Laura Kipnis, she thinks about cynicism in relation to topical concerns: abrasiveness in public argument; debasing challenges to conventional morality; free speech; moral controversialism, the authority of reason and its limits; nationalism and resistance to nationalism; freedom of expression as a core principle of the university.
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