Philosophy and Oscar Wilde

Editors: Bennett, Michael Y. (Ed.)

    • Represents the first collection devoted to the study of philosophy in Oscar Wilde.
    • Shows how philosophy influenced the work of Wilde.
    • Addresses a broad spectrum of philosophical topics.

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About this book

This book is the first collection of essays to discuss Oscar Wilde’s love and vast knowledge of philosophy.  Over the past few decades, Oscar Wilde scholars have become increasingly aware of Wilde’s love and intimate knowledge of philosophy. Wilde’s “Oxford Notebooks” and his soon-to-be-published “Notebook on Philosophy” all point to Wilde not just as an aesthete, but also as a serious philosophical thinker. 

The aim of this collection is not to make the statement that Wilde was a philosopher, or that his works were philosophical tracts. Rather, it provides a space to explore any and all linkages between Wilde’s works and philosophical thought. Addressing a broad spectrum of philosophical matter, from classical philology to Daoism, ethics to aestheticism, this collection enriches the literature on Wilde and philosophy alike. 


About the authors

Michael Y. Bennett  is Associate Professor of English and affiliated faculty in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has authored four books exploring drama and philosophy, and has also edited four book collections (two on Oscar Wilde). His latest book, Analytic Philosophy and the World of the Play, is forthcoming in 2017.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: A Wilde Mind: The Witty Aesthete and Serious Thinker, or the Witty Thinker and Serious Aesthete?

    Bennett, Michael Y.

    Pages 1-5

  • Wilde at Oxford: A Truce with Facts

    Reader, Simon

    Pages 9-27

  • Oscar Wilde’s Philosophy of History

    Smith, Philip E.

    Pages 29-51

  • “Even Things That Are True Can Be Proved”: Oscar Wilde on Argument

    Bashford, Bruce

    Pages 53-71

  • Oscar Wilde: As Daoist Sage

    McCormack, Jerusha

    Pages 73-104

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-57957-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Philosophy and Oscar Wilde
Editors
  • Michael Y. Bennett
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57958-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57958-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57957-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 194
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