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Titel: The Secular Mind
Autor/en: Robert Coles
Autor/en: Robert Coles
PRINCETON UNIV PR
Februar 2001 - kartoniert - 200 Seiten
"It's a pleasure to be in the presence of a man so smart and yet still capable of being rendered speechless by a student's sincere philosophical concerns. There are no conclusions here, but following Coles's considerations is worth the effort."--Ron Charles, "The Christian Science Monitor"
Introduction Ch. ISecularism in the Biblical Tradition Ch. IIWhere We Stood: 1900 Ch. IIIWhere We Stand: 2000 Ch. IVWhere We Are Headed
Robert Coles is a research psychiatrist for the Harvard University Health Services, Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Humanities at Harvard Medical School, and James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University. His books include Children of Crisis, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, and over sixty works on psychology, literary criticism, and teaching. He is also the editor of DoubleTake magazine.
"Coles ... is one of those rare writers who can gracefully combine intellectual rigor with the idiom of spiritual quest... [T]his is a potent and powerful work readers will think about and return to again and again."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "The Secular Mind is part meditation, part autobiography, part literary and moral commentary... [Coles] meditates on the possibility of belief in the sacred in the midst of an increasingly secular society."--Robert Kiely, The Boston Book Review "A clear-eyed, deeply informed and admirably cool measure of the heritage and impetus of the forces that have guided our daily actions."--Reynolds Price, The New York Times Book Review "By now most people know Robert Coles. Or for their own sake they ought to... To read his books ... is to make him a lasting friend."--The New York Times Book Review "Indeed, Coles writes that the idea of even looking for knowledge--comprehension of the world--is a hallmark of the secular, scientific mind. Flannery O'Connor once remarked that 'mystery is a great embarrassment to the modern mind.' Science seeks explanations for everything, from the history of the universe to the history of the tapeworm."...The Secular Mind, happily, does not live up to its title: it is not a secular, scientific study but a porous, open reflection--with answers that are incomplete. But the answers are satisfying and refreshing because they are incomplete."--David Grayson, San Francisco Bay Guardian "Coles is tough-mindedly open to inspiration wherever it may be found. He begins by addressing the secular mind?s relationship with its opposite-the sacred-and finishes with a turn toward self-exploration. Throughout, Coles is admirably alert to the costs of both worldviews."--Bob Reeder, Boston Review "The Secular Mind offers many small gems... Demanding, but definitely worth the effort."--Booklist (starred review) "This book poses gripping existential questions elegantly. The writing invites general readers..."--The Virginia Quarterly Review "This book is well written and quite readable at all levels... Reading it is a delightful and stimulating experience."--Choice "Coles is one of the best story-tellers in social science ... The Secular Mind is a book for the unhurried reader ... [We learn] to become deeper participants in a respectful yet distancing reflection on our culture and times."--James R. Kelly, Cross Currents "This work is the product of a wise man sincerely asking up to rethink our basic values. Coles' style is casual and meditative; his book almost reads like a journal. Readers from a variety of disciplines will appreciate Coles' work."--Laju M. Balani, Journal of Church and State
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