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Allworth Press

At War with Time: The Wisdom of Western Thought from the Sages to a New Activism for Our Time

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Title: At War with Time: The Wisdom of Western Thought from the Sages to a New Activism for Our Time
Author: Eisendrath, Craig
ISBN: 9781581153071
Publisher: Allworth Press
Published: 2004
Binding: Regular Hardback
Language: English
Condition: Used: Very Good
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Philosophy 1300137

Publisher Description:
In this history of Western philosophy, an award-winning historian revisits the milestones of Western religion and thought to propose new ways to find meaning and philosophical guidance in a world beyond permanence. history as a desperate attempt to deal with change by cultivating notions of permanence, such as the belief in an eternal God and soul, a meaningful history and fixed laws of nature. He shows how these notions of permanence have impacted almost every leading religious or philosophical work from the Gilgamesh Epic to Kant's Critique of Pure Reason; how recent developments in science and society have attacked these notions; and how a new philosophy of impermanence is well under way. promoting permanence beliefs, from the Sumerians to Hegelianian philosophy. The second concerns the emergence of the new philosophy of change, as traced in the critical writings of Alfred North Whitehead and in fields of thought ranging as far as physics, cosmology, biology, neurology, artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology. in decline and an appeal to view the current climate as adventure in human responsibility and social reconstruction. Written by one of the leading thinkers of today's public policy and philosophy circles, it should be of use to anyone with an interest in the future role of Western culture, religion and identity. Comprehensive, accessible and written with great fluency, this book should particularly appeal to anyone seeking a worldview that reflects the advances of modernity while allowing meaningful action to improve society.