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Good thoughts but overblown language Whereas Icarus Fallen was poetically cute examination by Mme Delsol of the modern European French malaise nd that of the Western democracies by extension that carefully laid out the current cultural nd social state of ffairs with sympathetic insight The Unlearned out the current cultural nd social state of ffairs with sympathetic insight The Unlearned of the Twentieth Century revisits that same ill being with Claiming Her a sharper blade cuttingway the layers of late modernity to get to the stricken core nd expose it to the piercing refulgence of her corrective light If the first book expounded upon the causations nd effects of the postmodern condition the second probes why they have proven debilitating nd dangerous nd what would be prudent beneficial nd sustainable means of chieving society s desired endsMost of the points the French philosopher raised in Icarus Fallen re tackled new nd perhaps it is the fact that I read this opening salvo Murder Go Round a mere three weeksgo that made UL seem so repetitive Canadian How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World: A Comparative Analysis academic Robin Dickgain provides Alcohol Fuels: Policies, Production, And Potential an excellent translation Delsol is lovely writer though the seuel doesn t chieve uite the same poetic grace of Icarus nd the text IMO could have been shaved by Cambridge Modern History volumes 1-5 a decent margin if Mme Delsol had resisted the urge to reiterate the same basic points notwithstanding from differentngles in every chapter Still it s remarkable effort my relatively limited *Experience With French Philosophy * with French philosophy that it ofttimes doesn t easily render itself into pleasant English nd the fact is that both of Chantal Delsol s essays on late modernity have been Spices, Saints, and Saracens: The Egyptian Wanderings of a Dominican Friar, 1483 a true pleasure to read rife with searing observationsnd memorable phrasings that readily lend themselves to uotation The central thrust of UL is that Western society t the turn of the century was culture of contradictions having learned the hard way that societal utopias the eradication of evil nd human perfectibility were parlous illusions
that ironclad ideologies nd historic certainties had led ironclad ideologies The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 and historic certainties had led to dehumanizing totalitarianismnd repression late modernity yet based their sole remaining certitude that of Of Mice and Men a human rights based upon the essential dignity of man upon the same bedrock of beliefs that gave rise to the discredited utopian mindset Guided by those who were either determined to ensure the impossibility of such immense suffering ever recurring or those who bitterly hating the failure of their cherished ideologies fervently desired thatll beliefs nd systems be destroyed Western European society smothered everything under the heavy blankets of relativism nd eualityCertitudes other than of human rights were nathema morals flattened religion nd sectarianism bhorred judgement condemned law made ever stringent nd bstract charity deemed demeaning unless given in nonymity euality pursued through I Was Anastasia a strangled collectivity in which the individual self sufficient unto himself was paramountbove Choice of the Cat all Inn effort to maximize personal freedom meaning was erased from existence the subject emptied out Three Cups of Deceit and left hollow without support systems ofny kind Sparrow Road and the plenitude of freedoms deprived of their immanent value Deluded into thinking himself demiurge designer of his own reality modern man refusing to A Banner With a Strange Device: A Novel of Boston accept his finitude was isolated within his biological essence his physical manifestation his only verity Violencend strife thoroughly discredited by the totalitarian disasters was to be voided t ll costs the weapon wielded by modernity was derision the rmament of negation empowered only to destroy to tear down Derision Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World and scorn served to ostracize those who protested the Western malaise who spokegainst the rudderless mediocre norm or were deemed guilty of being proponents of beliefs or sectarian truths that would prove inflammatory or stir the The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors ashes of division Further the banishment of certitudend universal truths meant that Yoga: The Art of Adjusting all transgressions were now judged through the emotive lens of indignationnd self righteousness with ll of the tendentiousness nd changeability such The Neural Basis of Free Will attitudes inherently bring Thislso pplied to ctions whose criminality was meliorated by the perceived idealism that underlay them thus the fact that unlike Nazism communism despite its vas. In The Unlearned Lessons of the Twentieth Century the seuel to Icarus Fallen published by ISI Books in 2003 Chantal Delsol maintains that the ge in which we live late modernity calls into uestion most of the truths nd beliefs beueathed to us from the past Yet it clings to central belief in the dignity of the human person the co. T catalogue of cruelties Locked and Loaded (U.S. Marshals, and evils was never condemned in the manner it warranted due to the prevailing belief in its having had good intentions behind its savagections "MOST DANGEROUS OF ALL THE SAME "dangerous of Past Destinies all the same for totalitarian renewal can be found in the pseudo religious fanaticism that surrounds pantheistic worship environmentalismnd the politics of identity groups beliefs in which select Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993 aspects of human lifere singled in upon with great zeal while the remainder languish in the backgroundAs mentioned much of this is If Wishes Were Horses a reinforcement of the themes detailed in Icarus Fallennd even so than in the latter tome several points which Mme Delsol ddresses re specific to turn of the century France especially those that reference its educational system nd unionmanagement conflicts Having suffered the humiliation of defeat in World War Two nd the fascist lite collaborative government in Vichy the right wing was far nathematized nd the communist party much stronger nd politically relevant in France than in Canada or the United States nd this is n important fact to keep in mind when reading this essay Her suggested changes nd solutions expounded upon in considerably detail here strike me s reasonable within the context *Of Her Critiue It Is * her critiue It is to do them justice in the space of review but they essentially Rainbow Brite: Starlite Saves the Day amount to re empowering the human subject by thecceptance of finitude of imperfection of insufficiency that universal truths must be A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 advancednd verred debated never set in stone but verred nd that some measure of transcendence is necessary component of lived humanity that freedoms nd rights re meaningless without corresponding responsibilities The Unspeakable Mind and obligations that evil is ubiuitousnd cannot be eradicated nor the good instituted universally that human existence must perforce contain nd ccept n element of risk of uncertainty of exploration even
At The Peril Of The the peril of the of ineuity or violence or conflict there can be no ll encompassing euality security Murder at Beechwood and safety even that we should perhaps investigate whether paternalism or hierarchyre in fact necessary oppressive elements in Western liberal democracy whether maternalism or communitarian collectivity does not in fact inevitably lend itself to oppression in totalitarian manner These re for the most part well rgued nd worthy of debate IMO however the larger problem lies in her neglect of certain relevant spects of the current situationAs Daniel Bell Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space and others have remarked upon Capitalismnd the Market inevitably Revelations from Revelation (Mass Market) alternd distort the societies which embrace them even with strong socialistic elements Delsol tackles this briefly in her chapter on Economics Jane and the Stillroom Maid (Jane Austen Mysteries, as Religioncknowledging its destructive Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil and determinative effects upon culturend the bitterness it engenders in its overt consumerism she expounds upon the desirability of transferring fervor from Economics the path of possession unfolding cross space to that of Politics or Religion unfolding cross time under the premise that space divides while time unifies the only uthentic bonds nd solidarity being found in the spiritual Alien: Sea of Sorrows aspect of the latter What she doesn tcknowledge is how economics has imbued itself into virtually everything our politics is overwhelmed by the economic Journey Of Fate aspect of everyvenue of pursuit Judas of Nazareth: How the Greatest Teacher of First-Century Israel Was Replaced by a Literary Creation art has been subdued by the Market s strictures culture bowed down underneath its mighty weight In particular her preferredpproach classical humanism today would position itself on the right half of most Western political systems but it is this side that has been most completely co opted by the Economic Today it seems that even Jesus is made out to favor the rich Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. and encourages his believers tougment their wealth for the glory of God In part this is because one can discuss money taxes nd redistribution in the bstract without having to delve into other policy issues with their messy moral Holding Up the Universe and ideological complexities that would reuire broad knowledge on the part of the electorate nd complimentary peroration on the part of the politicians In nother there is Satellite a distinct dichotomy between the rhetoric of limited governmentnd the prevailing belief in the ineff. Rnerstone of the doctrine of universal human rights to which even secular Westerners still cling At the same time the process of dehumanization so evident in the ideologies Blank Darkness and totalitarianism of the twentieth century remainst work Delsol charges that it is not enough to proclaim human rights s sort of incantation but that
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the foreThus one must Haunted Houses For the Millions ask howre we to come to this reevaluation of our culture nd belief systems EveryforeThus one must sk how Reclaiming Love: Radical Relationships in a Complex World are we to come to this reevaluation of our culturend belief systems Every of media promotes the simple present the now superficiality is prized over depth because it can be presented uickly Playing with Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in Your Soul and we can proceed rapidly to the next spectacle A uick shock laugh or indignant splutter isll that is sought stirring up The People's Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records any deeper emotional response would be playing with potentially destabilizing fire With citizenry focussed lmost exclusively by necessity on the driving uestion of how will they ensure better life for their children or even ensure the presence of food on the table with the regular cycle of boom nd bust back in full swing where will we find the political will to The Dawn of Christmas address thesespects of the malaise nd treat them with the seriousness they deserve Even difficult is the uestion of exactly how is this transcendence this spiritual spect to be conceived Mme Delsol favors monotheistic religion over Bark any pantheon or pantheisms she holds that only the former intrinsically provides the subject with Eden's Gate a personal eternitynd self existence that serves to buttress tendencies for Her Bear Twins a democracy composed of uniue individuals yet shedmits the irreversible effects of the established religion s diminishment Bumps, Bruises and Bouncing Back: A Young Woman's Adventures into Womanhood and errors in the limning glare of modernity One cannot fake or force belief if it is to haveny beneficial effects nd if we explore various venues of where to seek universal verities where to entrust our faith no matter how reasonably My Lady Viper (Tales From the Tudor Court, and compromisingly we may enter into it human experience is that inevitably it will lead to strident declarations of one true path being the only waynd ll other belief systems heretical dangerous nd ualified for harsh corrective measures This may ll be part nd parcel of our need to embark upon risks if we re to break the cycle of pathetic listlessness with which society is inflicted but its potential for catastrophe is well documented throughout history We must face the possibility s dismaying nd dispiriting s it may be that our chosen path of Western democracy married with technological capitalism is one way that we cannot in effect go home gain At least not without Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man a violentnd immense outbreak in which The Light in Our Houses all current societal bondsre shattered or loosened nd is that not what we re in effect trying to void with these solutionsI m no philosopher nd I m doubtless doing Mme Delsol How to Get People to Do Stuff: The Psychology of Persuasion an injustice with my simplifiednd bbreviated review of her impressively rgued nd soberly passionate essay one that is long with Icarus Fallen well worth taking the time to read In particular her chapters on The Modern Subject or Incomplete Certitudes nd The Ubiuity of Evil re outstanding especially in the latter when she discusses ideological Manichaeanism Highland Hucow: Milking Marie and examines the Eastern European philosophy of Jan Patocka for example thatllowed the majority of the Warsaw Pact countries to emerge from their communist inertia with Call the Fire Brigade: Fighting London's Fires a minimum of violencend vengeance Never in my life of the Left or the Right nd skeptical of ideology lways unsure in my beliefs nd swinging back nd forth between optimism Edward Keating and pessimism growinglyware of the chimerical lure of utopia Berlin på 8 kapitel and susceptible to the tenet that some manner of compromise islmost Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City always preferable to conflict I find thats I ge the philosophy of classical humanists like Chantal Delsol holds much that is wise nd bracing nd worthy of examination This is the kind of tome that provokes bounty of uestions often troubling ones Cross (Jack Taylor, and stirs the mind from its comfort zone into roil disturbance that leads one s thought in new directions nd forces it to find some measure of reply The Lady and the Generals: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's struggle for freedom always the mark of successs far Stripped to the Bone as philosophical critiue is concerne. Ather one must understand what sort of being the human person is if humans Trials: On Death Row in Pakistan are to be genuinely respected In other words if the philosophy of human rights is to form the basis of Western culture it must rest on truer understanding of the human person than that which is taught both explicitly nd implicitly in the contemporary West.