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On Waiting (Thinking in Action) e-book

Author:

Harold Schweizer

Language:

English

Category:

Politics

Subcategory:

Philosophy

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1789 kb

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Rating:

4.1

Publisher:

Routledge; 1 edition (July 31, 2008)

Pages:

168

ISBN:

0415775078

On Waiting (Thinking in Action) e-book

by Harold Schweizer


Harold Schweizer’s new volume, On Waiting, is a finely crafted, finely considered exploration. It addresses with both simplicity of expression and complexity of understanding one of the major facts of our lives―that much of it is spent waiting

Harold Schweizer’s new volume, On Waiting, is a finely crafted, finely considered exploration. It addresses with both simplicity of expression and complexity of understanding one of the major facts of our lives―that much of it is spent waiting. Jacqueline Vaught Brogan, Journal of Modern Literature.

On Waiting is the first book to present a philosophy of waiting. On Waiting Thinking in Action. This is a quite remarkable book, a pleasure to read. Not only is it clear and informative but also by turns witty, melancholic and insightful. The book is astonishingly erudite, but wears this learning so lightly and so charmingly that it is both easy and gripping to read. Robert Eaglestone, Royal Holloway, University of London. 1135974209, 9781135974206.

Thinking in Action is a major series that takes philosophy to its public. The series informs and sharpens debate on topics as wide ranging as the internet, religion, the problem of immigration and refugees and the way we think about science. Punchy, short, and stimulating, Thinking in Action is an indispensable series of books for anyone who wants to think seriously about major issues confronting us today.

This is a quite remarkable book, a pleasure to read. Penelope waits by her loom for Odysseus, Vladimir and Estragon wait for Godot, all of us have to wait: for buses, phone calls and the kettle to boil.

Harold Schweizer is Professor of English and Chair of the English Department at Bucknell University. He teaches courses in modern poetry, literary theory, holocaust studies, representations of suffering, and the comparative humanities. His publications include Suffering and the Remedy of Art (1997), The Bucknell Lectures in Literary Theory (ed. 1989-94), and others. His most recent publications, on the temporality of waiting, have appeared in Soundings, The University of Toronto Quarterly, and The Journal of Modern Literature. Country of Publication.

7 quotes from Harold Schweizer: 'Stories allow us to pretend that there is a cure for waiting . Books by Harold Schweizer. 'Central to the idea of narrative from Homer to Hollywood, waiting is a temporal region hardly mapped and badly documented. and 'Lacking the charms of boredom or desire, waiting is neither interestingly melancholic nor despairingly romantic. Central to the idea of narrative from Homer to Hollywood, waiting is a temporal region hardly mapped and badly documented. Harold Schweizer, On Waiting.

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On Waiting explores such and similar questions in compelling fashion. Drawing on some fascinating examples, from the philosopher Henri Bergson's musings on a lump of sugar to Kate Croy waiting in Wings of the Dove to the writings of Rilke, Bishop, and Carver, On Waiting examines this ever-present yet overlooked phenomenon from diverse angles in fascinating style. On Waiting is the first book to present a philosophy of waiting.

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бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. Robert Eaglestone, Royal Holloway, University of London Penelope waits by her loom for Odysseus, Vladimir and Estragon wait for Godot, all of us have to wait: for buses, phone calls and the kettle to boil

'This is a quite remarkable book, a pleasure to read. Not only is it clear and informative but also by turns witty, melancholic and insightful. The book is astonishingly erudite, but wears this learning so lightly and so charmingly that it is both easy and gripping to read.' Robert Eaglestone, Royal Holloway, University of London

Penelope waits by her loom for Odysseus, Vladimir and Estragon wait for Godot, all of us have to wait: for buses, phone calls and the kettle to boil. But do we know what the checking of one's watch and pacing back and forth is really all about? What is the relationship between waiting and time? Is there an ethics of waiting, or even an art of waiting? Do the internet, online shopping and text messaging mean that waiting has come to an end?

On Waiting explores such and similar questions in compelling fashion. Drawing on some fascinating examples, from the philosopher Henri Bergson's musings on a lump of sugar to Kate Croy waiting in Wings of the Dove to the writings of Rilke, Bishop, and Carver, On Waiting examines this ever-present yet overlooked phenomenon from diverse angles in fascinating style. On Waiting is the first book to present a philosophy of waiting.

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What do we do when we wait? What are we waiting for? Schweizer explored these questions which led him inexorably to the question of what waiting is. Waiting is an attendant of time, but this book is not a scientific or philosophic book about time. In focussing on waiting, the author reversed the principal importance of time and made it attendant to waiting; he used various stories and even a series of paintings (by Ferdinand Hodler, of his dying mistress Valentine) to express his view of waiting, and make us more accutely aware of what waiting is about. We can wait aimlessly for the arrival of an illusion as Vladimir and Estragon did in "Waiting for Godot", or we can wait purposefully, with equanimity, patience, and dignity as Penelope waited for Odysseus. Schweizer used Henri Bergson's dissolving lump of sugar to amplify the act of waiting. In Hodler's paintings we understand attention as an aspect of waiting even as each act of painting itself was a distraction; a thing we do while we wait. We no longer wait when we arrive or what we wait for has arrived. Ultimately, we all wait for death. What do we do while we wait? What distractions should we indulge ourselves in the interim? Whatever we do, we would, after reading Schweizer, be much more sensitive to what we do; and learn to appreciate the meaning of endurance, for, as Schweizer suggests, waiting is an act of endurance.
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So, I was lucky enough to find this book lying on one of those gray, ancient two-doored power boxes that are on many a city street when I was walking through Brooklyn on a cold December night last year. I think there was a sign saying to take the books for free, so I picked this one up and I just started reading it recently. Schweizer drops all the big names you would expect from an academic study in the humanities (so far he's referenced Bergson, Beckett, Eliot, and I'm not even past the first chapter) while excising all the dry, heavy theoretical bits that sometimes really bog down an otherwise good journal article or long study of some highly specialized topic (though waiting is a rather universal experience, I've never heard of another work that addresses the phenomenon in itself). When he does introduce the ideas of these thinkers/writers, he does so in a manner that's concise and thought-provoking, moving on to another thinker or topic when the theory threatens to become overwhelming. And of course, I've ironically made you wait, don't worry, I'm moving on to the subject itself, waiting. Certain passages sound like poetry to me, Schweizer is a really fantastic writer, he takes waiting and really spins it around, not only looking at the subject from every angle but immersing himself in the subject. And again, he gives you the best parts of all the theorists he uses. He makes you want to wait for something, really, this is such a nice and powerful homage to waiting. Anyways, buy this book, I'm sort of wishing I bought it instead of finding it for free so that I could support Schweizer in his future endeavors.

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