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Towards a Cornish Philosophy:
Values, Thought, and Language for the West Britons in the Twenty-First Century
Studies in Cornish Language and Culture; 1

The Haunting of the Snarkasbord

By Alan M. Kent, with an introduction by Mathew Staunton

First edition, 2013. Cathair na Mart: Evertype. ISBN 978-1-78201-045-6 (paperback), price: €10.95, £9.95, $13.95.

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Since the inception of Cornish Studies, the subject of Cornish Philosophy has been very much neglected. Like other minority communities and peoples across the globe, the Cornish should be asking what makes them who they are, but instead, they tend to use tired and reductive categories that have been in circulation for decades. In this vital corrective, Towards a Cornish Philosophy, Alan M. Kent provides a pathbreaking study of the basic beliefs, attitudes, and concepts of the Cornish throughout history. He sheds light on the position of Cornish Philosophy in the field of Celtic Studies, explores its relationship to Romanticism and the Enlightenment, surveys academic approaches to the subject in the past and examines the philosophy of the Cornish language, Cornu-English, and the West Britons’ obsession with memory, place, and stone.

Dr Alan M. Kent is a Lecturer in Literature with the Open University in the South West of Britain and Visiting Lecturer in Celtic Studies at the University of La Coruña in Galicia. He is the author of numerous works and articles on the literary and cultural history of Cornwall. He is also a prize-winning poet, novelist, and dramatist. His most recent works include Celtic Cornwall: Nation, Tradition, Invention (2012), Voog’s Ocean (2012), and Bewnans Peran (2013). He also edited Charles Causley: Theatre Works (2013).


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