A History of Habit

A History of Habit : From Aristotle to Bourdieu

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A History of Habitat: From Aristotle to Bourdieu is the first of its kind to trace the history of the concept of habit in the Western philosophical tradition, including its classical, modern, and contemporary expressions. Each essay is written by a specialist and conveys the historical continuity between its central figure and those who came before, so it will be of value to anyone interested in how habit figures into the conceptual histories of philosophy, psychology, sociology, political theory, and literature.show more

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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 635.03g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073918198X
  • 9780739181980
  • 1,496,961

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The duality of habit-that which frees us and binds us-has fascinated philosophers for a long time. With historical breadth, interdisciplinary scope, and philosophical depth-tackling habit from the Greeks to the present, bringing psychology and sociology together with philosophy, and probing issues from the metaphysical to the practical-this is an excellent contribution to a perennially important topic. -- John Protevi, Louisiana State University Habit really does have a history, as this book shows, but of course in disconcertingly chaotic lives such as ours, habits are principles of continuity or consistency. Here, the contributions of a remarkable range of scholars from across traditions and disciplines elucidate the matter of habit in a manner itself both varied and continuous. -- Crispin Sartwell, Dickinson College This volume is a welcomed addition to the recently revived interest in the significance of habit for understanding human action-an interest lost in much contemporary social science and philosophy. As this collection of papers amply attests, the concept of habit has a rich intellectual history full of explanatory power and contradictory evaluations from the classics to our modern period, from Aristotle to Bourdieu. This book challenges us to overcome the intellectual habit of neglecting the central place of habit in shaping human thought and action. -- David Swartz, Asbury Universityshow more

About Tom Sparrow

Tom Sparrow teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania, where he works primarily in continental and modern philosophy. He is the author of Levinas Unhinged and The End of Phenomenology: Metaphysics and the New Realism. Adam Hutchinson is a PhD candidate in philosophy at Duquesne University. His main areas of interest are American pragmatism, the history of materialism, and critical theory (especially questions of race).show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Reflections on the Unreflected Part One: Classical Accounts of Moral Habituation Chapter 1: Habit, Habituation, and Character in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics Chapter 2: The Roman Stoics on Habit Chapter 3: Aquinas on Habitus Chapter 4: Negotiating with a New Sovereign: Montaigne's Transformation of Habit into Custom Part Two: Habits of Thought, Action, and Memory in Modernity Chapter 5: From Habits to Traces Chapter 6: Habit, Custom, History and Hume's Critical Philosophy Chapter 7: Between Freedom and Necessity: Ravaisson on Habit and the Moral Life Chapter 8: A Moralist in an Age of Scientific Analysis and Skepticism: Habit in the Life and Work of William James Chapter 9: Habitual Body and Memory in Merleau-Ponty Part Three: The Application of Habit in Contemporary Theory Chapter 10: The Fly Wheel of Society: Habit and Social Meliorism in the Pragmatist Tradition Chapter 11: Oppression in the Gut: The Biological Dimensions of Deweyan Habit Chapter 12: Conceiving Things: Deleuze, Concepts, and the Habits of Thinking Chapter 13: Pierre Bourdieu's Habitusshow more

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