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    Fame (Art of Living (McGill-Queen)) (Paperback) By (author) Mark Rowlands

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    DescriptionOne of the most distinctive cultural phenomena of recent years has been the rise and rise of fame. In this book, Mark Rowlands argues that our obsession with fame has transformed it. Fame was once associated with excellence or achievement in some or other field of endeavour. But today we are obsessed with something that is, in effect, quite different: fame unconnected with any discernible distinction, fame that allows a person to be famous simply for being famous. This book shows why this new fame is simultaneously fascinating and worthless. To understand this new form of fame, Rowlands maintains, we have to engage in an extensive philosophical excavation that takes us back to a dispute that began in ancient Greece between Plato and Protagoras, and was carried on in a remarkable philosophical experiment that began in eighteenth-century France. Somewhat like contestants on a reality TV show, today we find ourselves, unwittingly, playing out the consequences of this experiment.

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Rowlands
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 212 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    ISBN 13: 9781844651573
    ISBN 10: 1844651576

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25220
    BIC E4L: PHI
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: JFCA
    BISAC V2.8: PHI004000
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    LC classification: BD
    Abridged Dewey: 121
    DC22: 306.4
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    BIC subject category V2: HPX
    DC22: 303.37201
    Thema V1.0: JBCC1, QDX
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    Acumen Publishing Ltd
    Publication date
    21 August 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Mark Rowlands is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami.
    Review quote
    "accessibly written, with straightforwardly laid out pathways and clearly marked turns of direction ... it offers a persuasive account of the leading characteristics of contemporary fame, or rather its degenerate variant. Best of all, the book is refreshing in its analysis, bringing something different and new to the diagnosis of the production and consumption of contemporary fame. It is in this respect, most of all, that it should be applauded." - European Journal of Communication
    Table of contents
    1. Girls gone wild: fame and vfame 2. Footnotes to Plato 3. The Enlightenment project 4. Lightness and weight 5. From suicide bombers to Young Hot Hollywood 6. Paris Hilton and the end of history