Books: both dipping into for the long haul to dip in and out of, among shorter reads Emma Goldman's Living My Life. The most universal sense of it on display is the rejection of religious institutions. Key people and ideas are highlighted. How have thinkers, artists, and others in a secular age sought to anchor humanity in relation to the universe? I believe this is the result of the subjects being slightly less well fleshed out than before, or after, and thus failing to stimulate the same level of excitement. In over 500 pages, the author covers more than a century of modern thought and ideas, producing a work of amazing breadth and remarkable detail. He has a unique proficiency for bouncing between thoughts and writers from all over history to collect an inspiring, thought provoking, and engaging read. Once our physical needs of food, water and shelter are met, we tend to pursue the higher goal of living a good or meaningful life.
Some try to master this art of living intuitively, but others seek to formalise and classify experience to bring their lives under the service of some theoretical value. I was impressed with the style and learned a lot from this writer. He returned to London to write a column about the art world for the Observer and then at The Sunday Times. If one knows little about the last four centuries of Western culture, then it may seem that not much has changed. Watson finds truth in pragmatism.
. Wilson and Sam Harris, The Age of Atheists brilliantly explores how atheism has evolved, deepened and matured, and gained unprecedented resonance and popularity as it has sought to replace an unknowable God in the afterlife with the voluptuous detail and warmth of this life, to be found in art, philosophy and science, all woven into a rational, secular morality. A captivating story of contest, failure, and success, The Age of Atheists sweeps up William James and the pragmatists; Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis; Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, and Albert Camus; the poets of World War One and the novelists of World War Two; scientists, from Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking; and the rise of the new Atheists—Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens. It is experimentally confirmed that evolution shows rationally why morality is justified, identifies the benefits, and highlights what is lost when the rules aren't adhered to. It could well be a college survey book for a beginner philosophy course. I will stick with Jesus Yeshua Messiach who is Life and gives life more abundantly. If so, we may find ourselves in an intellectually impoverished world.
So God died in 1883, or at least that was when Nietzsche found the corpse stuffed behind a sofa. Watson's grasp of the facts, thinkers, authors, and the historical perspective, are amazing. Watson observes intriguing indicators of this shift, across the creative spectrum. He briefly moved his career to America, where he was correspondent of from 1981 to 1982. Nietzsche declared that god was dead and from there, the baton was passed to numerous authors, novelists, painters, poets, musicians, and free thinkers who went about trying to replace the void.
Abandoning one seemingly nonsensical explanation leaves a kind of vacuum that makes a person susceptible to other, often equally nonsensical, explanations. He returned t Peter Watson was educated at the universities of Durham, London and Rome, and was awarded scholarships in Italy and the United States. Watson's grasp of the facts, thinkers, authors Peter Watson has produced an impressive book, one which showcases his expansive knowledge of the history of the twentieth century, but one which makes no concession whatsoever to the reader, thus making him feel like a total idiot. The book does describe some major historical events that induced widespread dismay with traditional religion, in order to discuss the way people responded. On the one hand, Watson does see Science offering a much more satisfactory way to comprehend our world than religion. The penultimate chapter surveys those, mostly scientists, who find meaning in the evolutionary or cosmological epics including : Dawkins, Dennett, Pinker, and E. We can, perhaps, be resigned, but not happy.
Finally, certain points are intriguing the first time, but become redundant when brought up over and over again get ready for several chapters on modern poetry saying exactly almost exactly the same thing, but with different poets. Following the bloodbath we call the Great War, its survivors, Watson concludes, were left to face a world without values. As the chapters progress, decade after decade of some of the most enduring, yet sometimes forgotten, thinkers are presented. However, in each case the driving force was not atheism per se but the fear of religion as a potential platform for political opposition, something that did not seriously materialise. Is there still any up or down? The book was slightly different then what I expected. This book is long and scattered because unbelief is all over the place. Now, for the first time, their story is revealed.
Whereas earlier generations often emphasized the commonality of the human condition, the modern age has demonstrated that the experience of this condition is personal and therefore multivalent. The Age of Atheists is a treasure trove of those who have been molding the god Archetype ever since Nietzsche. Will the period of philosophical and creative tumult Watson portrays in this book therefore draw to a close? Psychologists including Freud, Jung, Maslow; playwrights including Ibsen, Shaw and O'Neill; authors including Sartre, Tolstoy, Joyce, Kafka and Virginia Woolf; poets including Yeats, Eliot, Stevens, Valery, Mallarme, and Stefan George; scientists including Darwin, Pinker, Davies, Edward Wilson, and Dawkins; artists including Monet, Seurat, Matisse, Munch, and Van Gogh. Again, it is really an encyclopedia, organized mostly by time. There has over the past 150 years of so many schools of thought to deal with the Philosopher Nietzsche's death of god. The main idea: How to behave in an age of science, where the old traditional framework is breaking down? I found it kind of befuddling. A review of this book that doesn't acknowledge its subject and approach would be amiss.
If what is natural is accessed only by natural science, what science cannot know does not exist. Has it not become colder? Each chapter includes a short summary, with a clean transition to the next chapter. The guiding force throughout is the drive to discover how m Peter Watson here provides a tour of modern intellectual history as it has grappled with questions of meaning since Nietzsche's famous proclamation of the death of God. He concluded the Nativity with St. I make it all seem too simple here.
What are the possible sources of meaning, without a framework of Meaning i. He lives in London where his interests include theatre, opera and fishing. Heinleins oder Gene Roddenberrys erscheint mir doch arg unausgewogen. A vast empty cosmos, a meaningless existence, a randomly assigned consciousness, an ethics evolved for the purpose of survival, and a final end in a great apocalyptic heat death, all without any redemption or resurrection: this is the world that science presents to us. Plus requisite egghead tomes: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Torah, Gospels, Dante I hover between the more literal Durling and Kirkpatrick's looser translation ; Pali texts attributed to the Buddha tr. Maybe some will fall in the middle? Dawkins, for example, as Watson points out, holds that a thing of nature can be appreciated both scientifically and poetically, each in their own way. It is a well-written, but challenging book.
This negative claim about the truth value of religion clears away a lot of western thought and leaves a blank canvas. I found it kind of befuddling. A massive intellectual work that sings. Watson makes mention of several different countries and how their founders slowly changed the philosophical landscape and helped shape the less religious era we now reside in. Age of Atheists Details How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God Peter Watson In a collection as advanced of that on any traditional religion, his book shows how the ideology of atheism has evolved into our everyday lives, whether we realize it or not.