Seekers The Story of Man's Continuing Quest to Understand His World

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Description: A New York Times Notable Book of the Year From the author of The Discoverers and The Creators, an incomparable history of man's essential questions: "Who are we?" and "Why are we here?" Daniel J. Boorstin, the bestselling and Pulitzer  More...

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List price: $17.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/26/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year From the author of The Discoverers and The Creators, an incomparable history of man's essential questions: "Who are we?" and "Why are we here?" Daniel J. Boorstin, the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Americans, introduces us to some of the great pioneering seekers whose faith and thought have for centuries led man's search for meaning. Moses sought truth in God above while Sophocles looked to reason. Thomas More and Machiavelli pursued truth through social change. And in the modern age, Marx and Einstein found meaning in the sciences. In this epic intellectual adventure story, Boorstin follows the great seekers from the heroic age of prophets and philosophers to the present age of skepticism as they grapple with the great questions that have always challenged man.

A prolific writer, Daniel Boorstin is the author of numerous scholarly and popular works in American Studies. Born in Georgia and raised in Oklahoma, Boorstin received degrees from Harvard and Yale universities and was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford. A member of the Massachusetts Bar, he has been visiting professor of American History at the Universities of Rome, Puerto Rico, Kyoto, and Geneva. He was the first incumbent of the chair of American History at the Sorbonne and Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge. He taught at the University of Chicago for 25 years. In 1959 Columbia University awarded him its Bancroft Prize for The Americans: The Colonial Experience (1958), the first volume of his trilogy titled The Americans. In 1966 he received the Francis Parkman Award for the second volume, The Americans: The National Experience (1965), and in 1974 he received the Pulitzer Prize for the third volume, The Americans: The Democratic Experience (1973). Many of Boorstin's books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and various European languages. In 1969 Boorstin became director of the National Museum of History and Technology of the Smithsonian Institution. In 1973 he became senior historian at the Smithsonian. Boorstin was appointed Librarian of Congress in 1975 and served in that position with distinction for 12 years, becoming Librarian Emeritus in 1987.

A Personal Note to the Reader
An Ancient Heritage
The Way of Prophets: A Higher Authority
From Seer to Prophet: Moses' Test of Obedience
A Covenanting God: Isaiah's Test of Faith
Struggles of the Believer: Job
A World Self-Explained: Evil in the East
The Way of Philosophers: A Wondrous Instrument Within
Socrates' Discovery of Ignorance
The Life in the Spoken Word
Plato's Other-World of Ideas
Paths to Utopia: Virtues Writ Large
Aristotle: An Outsider in Athens
On Paths of Common Sense
Aristotle's God for a Changeful World
The Christian Way: Experiments in Community
Fellowship of the Faithful: The Church
Islands of Faith: Monasteries
The Way of Disputation: Universities
Varieties of the Protestant Way: Erasmus, Luther, Calvin
Communal Search
Ways of Discovery: In Search of Experience
The Legacy of Homer: Myth and the Heroic Past
Herodotus and the Birth of History
Thucydides Creates a Political Science
From Myth to Literature: Virgil
Thomas More's New Paths to Utopia
Francis Bacon's Vision of Old Idols and New Dominions
From the Soul to the Self: Descartes's Island Within
The Liberal Way
Machiavelli's Reach for a Nation
John Locke Defines the Limits of Knowledge and of Government
Voltaire's Summons to Civilization
Rousseau Seeks Escape
Jefferson's American Quest
Hegel's Turn to "The Divine Idea on Earth"
Paths to the Future
The Momentum of History: Ways of Social Science
A Gospel and a Science of Progress: Condorcet to Comte
Karl Marx's Pursuit of Destiny
From Nations to Cultures: Spengler and Toynbee
A World in Revolution?
Sanctuaries of Doubt
"All History Is Biography": Carlyle and Emerson
Kierkegaard Turns from History to Existence
From Truth to Streams of Consciousness with William James
The Solace and Wonder of Diversity
The Literature of Bewilderment
A World in Process: The Meaning in the Seeking
Acton's "Madonna of the Future"
Malraux's Charms of Anti-Destiny
Rediscovering Time: Bergson's Creative Evolution
Defining the Mystery: Einstein's Search for Unity
Some Reference Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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