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Richard Wollheim - Author

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Richard Wollheim was born in London in 1923 and educated at Westminster School and Balliol College, Oxford. He served in the army during the Second World War, seeing action in France and Germany.

From 1949, Wollheim taught philosophy at University College London, becoming, in 1963, Grote Professor of Mind and Logic. He retired from UCL in 1982, and from then until 1985 was Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. Between 1985 and 2003 he was Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, and, from 1989 until 1996, he was also Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at the University of California, Davis.

Wollheim was married twice – to Anne Powell in 1950 (dissolved 1967) and to Mary Day Lanier in 1969. He had two sons by his first wife, and a daughter by his second.


He died in November 2003.

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Art and its Objects

Art and its Objects

Author: Richard Wollheim Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2015

Richard Wollheim's classic reflection on art considers central questions regarding expression, representation, style, the significance of the artist's intention and the essentially historical nature of art. Presented in a fresh series livery for the twenty-first century, with a specially commissioned preface written by Richard Eldridge, illuminating its continuing importance and relevance to philosophical enquiry, Art and its Objects continues to be a perceptive and engaging introduction to the questions and philosophical issues raised by works of art and the part they play in our culture and society. Wollheim's insights into theories of art, criticism, perception and the nature of aesthetic value make this one of the most influential works on aesthetics of the twentieth century.

Art and its Objects

Art and its Objects

Author: Richard Wollheim Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2015

Richard Wollheim's classic reflection on art considers central questions regarding expression, representation, style, the significance of the artist's intention and the essentially historical nature of art. Presented in a fresh series livery for the twenty-first century, with a specially commissioned preface written by Richard Eldridge, illuminating its continuing importance and relevance to philosophical enquiry, Art and its Objects continues to be a perceptive and engaging introduction to the questions and philosophical issues raised by works of art and the part they play in our culture and society. Wollheim's insights into theories of art, criticism, perception and the nature of aesthetic value make this one of the most influential works on aesthetics of the twentieth century.

Germen. Memorias de infancia

Germen. Memorias de infancia

Author: Richard Wollheim Format: eBook Release Date: 20/07/2015

Todo lo que he vivido y sufrido, o lo he olvidado por completo o lo recuerdo como si hubiera sucedido ayer mismo. No es gris el horizonte del tiempo. Presentamos ahora unas memorias de infancia, los grmenes u orgenes del que luego iba a ser un filsofo destacado. Una autobiografa que, ms all de los datos que suministra sobre su vida, constituye un verdadero ejercicio literario que se lee con el mayor inters. Testimonio de una persona y de una poca, Germen nos introduce en un pensamiento que hizo del rigor en la reflexin su principio.

Germs A Memoir Of Childhood

Germs A Memoir Of Childhood

Author: Richard Wollheim Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2010

The son of affluent parents - a distant, dandified impresario father he revered; a beautiful, mindless 'Gaiety Girl' mother he came to regret loathing - Richard Wollheim grew up in the English suburbia of the 1920s and 1930s. Germs is his account of those years. It is a book like no other; a remarkable exploration of childhood by one of the English-speaking world's most distinguished postwar thinkers.

On the Emotions

On the Emotions

Author: Richard Wollheim Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/1999

Distinguished philosopher Richard Wollheim's rich and thought-provoking account of the emotions considers what emotions are, how they arise in our lives, and how standard and moral emotions differ. Drawing on insights from literature, psychoanalysis, and philosophy, Wollheim argues that emotions form a distinct psychological category, not to be assimilated with either beliefs or desires.

The Thread of Life

The Thread of Life

Author: Richard Wollheim Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/1999

In this distinguished book, first published in 1984, Richard Wollheim offers an original approach to the philosophical understanding of a person. Countering prevailing theories on the nature of persons, Wollheim submits an account of the mind dynamically conceived and proposes that we take as fundamental the process of living as a person. To illuminate this process, the author draws on psychoanalysis and literature, in particular the case studies of Freud and the writings of Proust. 'Wollheim's is a very original and extremely interesting approach to the philosophy of the mind, bringing together three areas of reflection not often combined: the philosophy of mind, psychoanalyis, and ethics.' Bernard Williams, University of California, Berkeley 'There are only a few people who can write intelligently and insightfully about psychoanalysis and philosophy. Richard Wollheim is pre-eminent.' Jonathan Lear, University of Chicago Richard Wollheim was professor-in-residence and chair of the department of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the author of 'On the Emotions'.

The Mind and Its Depths

The Mind and Its Depths

Author: Richard Wollheim Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/04/1994

The mind as it is manifested in philosophy and art, in the moral life and psychoanalysis, has always been at the core of Richard Wollheim's celebrated work. This book brings together Wollheim's broad and abiding concerns to illuminate human thought at its furthest reaches of introspection and expression. Interweaving philosophy, psychoanalysis, and aesthetics, these essays reveal the critical connections between ideas and disciplines too often regarded as separate and distinct.

Philosophical Essays on Freud

Philosophical Essays on Freud

Author: Richard Wollheim Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/11/1982

Philosophers are increasingly coming to recognize the importance of Freudian theory for the understanding of the mind. The picture Freud presents of the mind's growth and organization holds implications not just for such perennial questions as the relation of mind and body, the nature of memory and personal identity, the interplay of cognitive and affective processes in reasoning and acting, but also for the very way in which these questions are conceived and an interpretation of the mind is sought. This volume of essays, by some of today's leading philosophers, explores all these topics, as well as the methods, results and status of the theory itself, while two 'classical' discussions by Wittgenstein and Sartre are also included. A number of the contributions - those by Donald Davidson, W. D. Hart, Jim Hopkins, Adam Morton, David Pears and Richard Wollheim - have not been published before, and a very useful bibliography is provided. It is an anthology that will be vital to anyone interested in Freudian theory and, more generally, in philosophical psychology.

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