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Infinity and Perspective

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ISBN-10: 026258218X

ISBN-13: 9780262582186

Edition: 2002

Authors: Karsten Harries

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Much postmodern rhetoric, suggests Karsten Harries, can be understood as a symptom of our civilization's discontent, born of regret that we are no longer able to experience our world as a cosmos that assigns us our place. But dissatisfaction with the modern world may also spring from a conviction that modernism has failed to confront the challenge of an inevitably open future. Such conviction has frequently led to a critique of modernity's founding heroes. Challenging that critique, Harries insists that modernity is supported by nothing other than human freedom. But more important to Harries is to show how modernist self-assertion is shadowed by nihilism and what it might mean to step out…    
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Book details

List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/23/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Problem of the Modern
Power and Poverty of Perspective
Perspective and the Infinity of the Universe
Learned Ignorance
Alberti and Perspective Construction
Curious Perspectives
The Thread of Ariadne
Infinity and Truth
Truth as the Property of God
The Infinity of Space and the Infinity of Man
The Infinity of Man and the Infinity of God
Homo Faber: The Rediscovery of Protagoras
The Dignity of Man
The Loss of the Earth
Copernican Anthropocentrism
The Crime of Bruno
Insight and Blindness of Galileo
The Reef of the Infinite
Copernican Revolutions
Epilogue: Astronautics and Astronoetics