The Present Age

The Present Age : On the Death of Rebellion

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"By far the most profound thinker of the 19th century."
-- Ludwig Wittgenstein

The Present Age is the stunningly prescient essay on the rise of mass media--particularly advertising, marketing, and publicity--by the great philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, the "father of existentialism." With an introduction from celebrated philosopher Walter Kaufmann--who states "those who would know Kierkegaard can do no better than to begin with this book"--The Present Age is an ideal introduction to one of the greatest thinkers in the history of western philosophy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 87 pages
  • 111.76 x 177.8 x 10.16mm | 113.4g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0061990035
  • 9780061990038
  • 157,714

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"The first important existentialist."--The Encyclopedia of Philosophy
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In his seminal 1846 tract The Present Age, Soren Kierkegaard ("the father of existentialism"--New York Times) analyzes the philosophical implications of a society dominated by mass media--a society eerily similar to our own. A stunningly prescient essay on the rising influence of advertising, marketing, and publicity, The Present Age is essential reading for anyone who wishes to better understand the modern world.
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