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George Mackay Brown and the Philosophy of Community$
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Timothy C Baker

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638123

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638123.001.0001

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Community and the Self

Community and the Self

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(p.125) Chapter 4 Community and the Self
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George Mackay Brown and the Philosophy of Community
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Timothy C. Baker

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638123.003.0005

This chapter discusses Brown's nonfiction prose. It tries to explain how Brown's own analyses of his life and fiction both differ from and confirm previous findings. It looks at the sense of community as a geographico-historical rootedness, and then considers the idea of the community, which has become a dominant strand of modern philosophical thought. It notes that the parallels between Nancy, Blanchot and Georges Bataille's complex views of community and that of Brown explain Brown's focus on individual death.

Keywords:   nonfiction prose, sense of community, rootedness, modern philosophical thought, individual death

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