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Félix Ravaisson's Of habit

Carlisle, Clare and Sinclair, Mark (2008) Félix Ravaisson's Of habit. Continnuum. ISBN 9781847061980

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Félix Ravaisson’s seminal philosophical essay, Of Habit, was first published in French in 1838. It traces the origins and development of habit and proposes the principle of habit as the foundation of human nature. This metaphysics of habit steers a path between materialism and idealism in one of the best and most sophisticated treatments of the topic. Ravaisson’s work was pivotal in the development of European thought and has had a significant influence on such key thinkers as Proust, Bergson, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, and Deleuze. This edition makes this remarkable and hugely important work available to an English-speaking audience for the first time. Clare Carlisle and Mark Sinclair provide a comprehensive introduction to Ravaisson’s life, works and enduring influence that clearly situates Ravaisson’s text within the European philosophical tradition. The translation also includes a thorough commentary on the text that illuminates its arguments and its context.

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