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Philosophy's Nostalgia


Malpas, J, Philosophy's Nostalgia, Philosophy's Moods: The Affective Grounds of Thinking, Springer, Hagi Kenaan and Ilit Ferber (ed), Dordrecht, pp. 87-101. ISBN 9789400715028 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-94-007-1503-5_7


What is wrong with nostalgia? How and why has it come to be the case, as it surely has, that to say of a philosophical position that it is 'nostalgic' is already to indicate its inadequacy? In the inquiry that follows, I examine nostalgia both as a mood or disposition in general, and as a mood or disposition that is characteristic of philosophical reflection. Part of that inquiry will involve a re-thinking of the mood of nostalgia and what that mood encompasses. Rather than understand the nostalgic as characterised solely by the desire to return 10 a halcyon past, the nostalgic will be explored through the connotations suggested by its Greek etymology as precisely a longing for the return home - a return that cannot be achieved - a form of homesickness, and so as discomfiting rather than comfortable, as bringing with it a sense of the essential questionability of our own being in the world.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:nostalgia, homesickness, melancholia, philosophy, philosophical questioning
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Metaphysics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Malpas, J (Professor Jeff Malpas)
ID Code:73975
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2011-11-03
Last Modified:2012-11-26
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