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Philosophical Imagination and the Evolution of Modern Philosophy

Philosophical Imagination and the Evolution of Modern Philosophy
ISBN
9781557789303
Cover
Paper

Pages
184

Size
5.37 x 8

Date Available
2017/09/01


Notes , Bibliography
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A great conceptual overview for students of philosophy

Throughout modern history, the philosophical imagination has created the philosophical perspectives of modern materialism, rationalism, empiricism, phenomenalism, historicism, existentialism, pragmatism, hermeneutics, and feminism. Although these schools of thought have their origin in the imagination, we all too often believe these perspectives give us access to truth itself, rather than being ways to make sense of our experience. Truth as something to know will always be relative to the imagination and the perspectives it creates. However, another notion of truth as something to be has emerged over the history of philosophical thought from Socrates to the present that is not relative to the changing perspectives of truth as something to know. This book distills the evolution of these concepts into an easily readable history of philosophy.

This is the book I have been waiting for. Danaher straightens out the maze in a readable, compact, and comprehensive journey of twenty-five centuries of philosophical perspective from Heraclitus and Aristotle to Kuhn and Lyotard. Danaher has given us, as he says, “a history of the way the philosophical imagination has caused human consciousness to evolve in order to make sense of new data as it has appeared over our history.”

In addition, he is closely attuned to the Christian story. He says that “originally the Christian religion was not about knowing and believing certain doctrines or theology, but about a certain way to be.” Following his theme of truth, goodness, and beauty, he eloquently writes, “Jesus’ truth is not something to know but something to fall in love with because it is divinely beautiful and good, and not simply true.”

This is a small book filled with big understanding and insight for all who would like to find out why they look at life the way they do and where we are heading as we continue to evolve.—Paul Smith, author of Integral Christianity: The Spirit's Call to Evolve

In Philosophical Imagination and the Evolution of Modern Philosophy, James Danaher expands our understanding of the meaning of truth, reconnecting it to beauty and goodness. His exploration of truth’s philosophical evolution helps us appreciate how truth is being itself. This insightful book takes high philosophical concepts and makes them interesting and accessible for the general reader.— Steve McIntosh, author of The Presence of the Infinite, and president of The Institute for Cultural Evolution

Endorsements for Danaher’s previous books:

“If the human race to survive, it must learn different ways of thinking. James Danaher’s wonderfully accessible book introduces readers of every age and education to a modality of thought that was the heart of Socrates’ thinking, but which, over time, has been lost or ignored.” —Maggie Ross, author of "Writing the Icon of the Heart": In Silence Beholding, and Silence: A User’s Guide

“We are living in an age when global access to original sources, a critical reading of history, an understanding of how power and empire directly influenced theology and ‘dogma’, that makes books like James Danaher’s no longer suspect of heresy, but obvious, truthful, and welcome. Yet it still takes courage to say what he says—so well!”—Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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