Waste: A Philosophy of Things

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A&C Black, May 22, 2014 - Philosophy - 240 pages
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Why are people so interested in what they and others throw away? This book shows how this interest in what we discard is far from new - it is integral to how we make, build and describe our lived environment. As this wide-ranging new study reveals, waste has been a polarizing topic for millennia and has been treated as a rich resource by artists, writers, philosophers and architects. Drawing on the works of Giorgio Agamben, T.S. Eliot, Jacques Derrida, Martin Heidegger, James Joyce, Bruno Latour and many others, Waste: A Philosophy of Things investigates the complexities of waste in sculpture, literature and architecture. It traces a new philosophy of things from the ancient to the modern and will be of interest to those working in cultural and literary studies, archaeology, architecture and continental philosophy.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Narrating the Event of Waste
29
3 Archaeologies of Waste
55
4 The Poetic Economies of T S Eliot
79
5 Reading Joycean Disjecta
101
6 Ruins Past
127
7 Ruins of the Future
153
8 Conclusion
177
Notes
183
Works cited
203
Index
215
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William Viney is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of English Studies and Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University, UK.

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