Teilhard de Chardin Pierre - Letters to Two Friends


Author : Teilhard de Chardin Pierre
Title : Letters to Two Friends
Year : 1968

Link download : Teilhard_de_Chardin_Pierre_-_Letters_to_Two_Friends.zip

PERSPECTIVES IN HUMANISM THE FUTURE OF TRADITION RUTH NANDA ANSHEN. Perspectives in Humanism is designed to affirm that the world, the universe, and man are remarkably stable, elementally unchanging. Protons remain protons, and the other known elements are themselves, even when their atoms are broken; and man remains, in his essence, man. Every form of nature possesses what Aristotle called its own law. The blade of grass does not exist to feed the cow; the cow does not exist in arder to give milk to man; and man does not exist to be subdivided, for to subdivide him is to exe€ute him. Man is an organism, a whole, in which segregation of any sort is artificial and in which every phenomenon is a manifestation of the whole. The lawfulness of nature, including man's nature, is a miracle defying understanding. My Introduction to this Series is not of course to be construed as a prefatory essay for each individual book. These few pages simply attempt to set forth the general aim and purpose of the Series as a whole. They try to point to the humanistic significance of the respective disciplines as represented by those scholars who have been invited to participate in this endeavor. Perspectives in Humanism submits that there is a constant process of continuity within the process of change. This process lies in the very nature of man. We ask ourselves: What is this constant? What is it that endures and is the foundation of our intellectual and moral civilization? What is it that we are able to call our humanistic tradition? What is it that must survive and be transmitted to the future if man is to remain human? The answer is that this constant lies in recognizing what is changeless in the midst of change. lt is that heritage of timeless and immutable values on which we can fix our gaze whenever the language of change and decline which history speaks seems to become too overwhelming for the human heart. It offers us the spectacle of the constancy of certain basic forms and ideas throughout a process of continuous social mutations, intellectual development, and scientific revolution. The constant is the original form maintaining itself by transformation and adapting itself to changing social conditions, the continuity which is the very medium of change. It is the loss of awareness of this constant in our time, not through the failure but rather through the very success of our modern scientific and technological achievements that has produced a society in which it becomes increasingly difficult to live a life that is human. Perspectives in Humanism tries to confront, and, if possible, show the way to the resolution of, the major dilemma of our epoch: the greatest affliction of the modern mind. This dilemma is created by the magnificent fruits of the industrial revolution on the one hand and by an inexorable technology on the other. It is the acceptance of power as a source of authority and as a substitute for truth and knowledge. lt is the dilemma born out of a skepticism in values and a faith in the perfectibility of the mind. lt accepts the results of scientific inquiry as carrying selfevident implications, an obvious error. And finally it defines knowledge as a product, accepting lines of force emptied of lin es of will, rather than, as indeed it is, a process. The authors in this Series attempt to show the failure of what has been called scientific humanism, to show the limitation of scientific method which determines only sequences of events without meaning and among these events none more meaningless than man. For modern science is not concerned with human experience, nor with human purposes, and its knowledge of ascertained natural facts can never represent the whole of human nature. Now man is crying out for the recognition of insights derived from other sources, from the awareness that the problem of mechanism and teleology is a legitimate problem, requiring a humanistic solution. It has always been on the basis of the hypothesis that the world and man's place in it can be understood by reason that the world and man become intelligible. And in all the crises of the mind and heart it has been the belief in the possibility of a solution that has made a solution possible. Studies of man are made in all institutions of research and higher learning. There is hardly a section of the total scholarly enterprise which does not contribute directly or indirectly to our knowledge of man's nature. Not only philosophy and theology, not only history and the other humanities, not only psychology, sociology, biology, and medicine investigate man's nature and existence, but also the natural sciences do so, at least indirectly, and even directly, whenever they reflect upon their own methods, limits, and purposes. It is in the light of such considerations that Perspectives in Humanism endeavors to show the false antinomy between the scientist and the humanist and the Cartesian error of dualizing mind and body. This Series tries to point to the incoherence of our time which implies the breakdown of integrative relationships, and to demonstrate that in science, as in all other fields of human thought and action, humanism may be preserved only through channels of shared experience and through mutuai hopes. Indeed, humanism in these volumes is defined as that force which may render science once more part of universal human discourse. ln this, it is here proposed, lies the future of tradition. Our search is for the "ought" which does not derive from facts alone. In many realms of scholarly work there is an awareness of the fragmentation of man. And there is an increasing recognition that the study of man-made and natural ecological systems is as necessary as the study of isolated particles and elementary reactions. Most impressive has been the reaction of many scientists to the problems of the "atomic age" created by the technical application of their own theories. They realize that the question of the human meaning of scientific research cannot be repressed any longer in view of the immensity of these problems. ...

1298 reads

Books

You might also like

Stevens Richard P. - American zionism and U.S. foreign policy 1942-1947

Author : Stevens Richard P. Title : American zionism and U.S. foreign policy 1942-1947 Year : 1962...

Continue reading

Guépin Reinout - One eye in the land of the blind

Author : Guépin Reinout Title : One eye in the land of the blind The rediscovery of aether Based on...

Continue reading

Cobbald Jane - Viktor Schauberger

Author : Cobbald Jane Title : Viktor Schauberger A life of learning from nature Year : 2006 Link...

Continue reading



Donate


Balder Ex-Libris
Review of books rare and missing


Balder Ex-Libris