Apocalypse and/or Metamorphosis
University of California Press, 16. 4. 1991 - 250 strán (strany)
Here is the final volume of Norman O. Brown's trilogy on civilization and its discontents, on humanity's long struggle to master its instincts and the perils that attend that denial of human nature. Following on his famous books Life Against Death and Love's Body, this collection of eleven essays brings Brown's thinking up to 1990 and the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe.
Brown writes that "the prophetic tradition is an attempt to give direction to the social structure precipitated by the urban revolution; to resolve its inherent contradictions; to put an end to its injustice, inequality, anomie, the state of war . . . that has been its history from start to finish." Affiliating himself with prophets from Muhammad to Blake and Emerson, Brown offers further meditations on what's wrong with Western civilization and what we might do about it. Thus the duality in his title: crisis and the hope for change. In pieces both poetic and philosophical, Brown's attention ranges over Greek mythology, Islam, Spinoza, and Finnegan's Wake. The collection includes an autobiographical essay musing on Brown's own intellectual development. The final piece, "Dionysus in 1990," draws on Freud and the work of Georges Bataille to link the recent changes in the world's economies with mankind's primordial drive to accumulation, waste, and death.
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Like H.G. Wells, Brown finds "mind . . . at the end of its tether.'' We are all more or less mad, but there are better and worse insanities, and the best is a kind of Dionysian ecstasy that will lead ... Čítať celú recenziu
My Georgics A Palinode in Praise of Work
Metamorphoses II Actaeon
The Prophetic Tradition
The Apocalypse of Islam
Philosophy and Prophecy Spinozas Hermeneutics
The Turn to Spinoza
Metamorphoses III The Divine Narcissus
Revisioning Historical Identities
Dionysus in 1990