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Against Modern Humanism: On the Culture of Ego by Jeff Bergner

By Jeff Bergner

How did we develop into a tradition of unbridled egoism? and the way does our tradition of the self, with its day-by-day demands self-expression and self-transformation, co-exist with our global of contemporary technology and its implicit determinism?

This essay deals a brand new and strikingly unique interpretation of Western suggestion. It explores the "metaphysics of Moses" within the Torah, the Greek suggestion of soul and the significance of the physique in ancient church Christianity. latest traditional wisdom--that modernity is based in materialism and that theology presents an antidote--is precisely backwards; early smooth philosophy completely rejected the physicality of Christianity in desire of guy as primarily brain, and German idealist philosophy remodeled guy as basically brain into ultra-modern guy of ego. in doing so, it additionally confirmed a foundation for contemporary medical determinism rooted in human intentions.

The essay is sweeping in scope--yet understated, stylish and humane. It bargains a lot wanted assistance for the way to reside a considerate, even noble existence in latest world.

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