An Introduction to the Social and Political Philosophy of Bertolt Brecht

Revolution and Aesthetics

Auteur(s) : Squiers Anthony

49,00 €

An important and comprehensive presentation of the social and political thought of Bertolt Brecht. Squiers argues that Brecht, the well-known poet and dramatist, should also be considered a social and political thinker in his own right. Relying on close readings of Brecht’s poems, plays, stage directions and other writings, Squiers reveals the theoretical significance of Brecht’s distinctive account of praxis as well as his critique of instrumental rationality. This is a truly interdisciplinary work that speaks to political and critical theorists as well as to scholars of contemporary literature and theatre.

—Emily Hauptmann, Ph.D. Western Michigan University

Squiers’ monograph makes the case that Brecht is the Missing Link in Western Discourse, the link that connects philosophy to literature to theater to politics to common sense…[It] is an important contribution to Brecht scholarship and follows a tradition established by Roland Barthes and extended by Fredric Jameson…Barthes, Jameson, and Squiers see Brecht and don’t stare at him (Glotzen ist nicht Sehen!). This Trinity sees a type of Socrates Complex, a Socratex if you will, i.e. an entity (Brecht) that navigates, mediates, illuminates the most important ideas, philosophies, ideologies, histories, mythologies, and theories of the Western Mind without trying to make Brecht into some type of commodity, or answer. This is a difficult and necessary measure, but Squiers pulls it off with critical rigor in a lucid, cohesive, and engaging intellectual-writing style. Squiers “re-discovers” a Brecht that we desperately need and makes it look easy…dialectically speaking.

—Norman Roessler, Ph.D. Temple University

Examining Brecht’s strategies for disrupting routine modes of cognition, as well as the social ontology embedded in Brecht’s opposition of individual being to species being, Squiers takes us far beyond narrowly aestheticist analyses of Brecht’s famous “alienation effect.” This is an important book, of interest to philosophers and students of drama alike.

—Barbara C. Foley, Ph.D. Rutgers University-Newark

    Collection : Consciousness, Literature and the Arts

  • Publication 2014
  • ISSN 1573-2193
  • ISBN 978-90-420-3899-8
  • Support Livre broché
  • Format 15 x 22
  • Num. dans la collection 44
  • Nombre de pages 187

1. Introduction

2. Brecht’s Ethics of Praxis

3. Consciousness, Cognition and the Altering of Socio-temporal Order

4. Eidetic Reduction and Contradiction

5. Rethinking Brecht’s Split Character: Dialectics, Social Ontology and Literary Technique

6. Brecht’s Dialectics of Enlightenment

7. Primary and Secondary Contradictions

8. Conclusion


Index of Names

Index of Brecht’s Works and Characters

Index of Terms

Brecht Chronology