The Embers and the Stars

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 15, 1987 - Literary Criticism - 284 pages
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"It is hard to put this profound book into a category. Despite the author's criticisms of Thoreau, it is more like Walden than any other book I have read. . . . The book makes great strides toward bringing the best insights from medieval philosophy and from contemporary environmental ethics together. Anyone interested in both of these areas must read this book."—Daniel A. Dombrowski, The Thomist

"Those who share Kohák's concern to understand nature as other than a mere resource or matter in motion will find his temporally oriented interpretation of nature instructive. It is here in particular that Kohák turns moments of experience to account philosophically, turning what we habitually overlook or avoid into an opportunity and basis for self-knowledge. This is an impassioned attempt to see the vital order of nature and the moral order of our humanity as one."—Ethics
  

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Contents

Theoria
3
The Gift of the Night
29
The Gift of the Word
44
The Gift of the Moral Law
67
A Humans Place in Nature
89
A Philosophy of Personalism
124
The Shadow of Doubt
133
The Spell of the Demon
141
The Vertigo of History
158
Credo
175
Being Time and Eternity
196
The Days of Our Years
205
POSTSCRIPTUM
222
Bibliography
251
Index of Names
263
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About the author (1987)

Erazim Kohák is professor of philosophy at Boston University. His many books include a study of Husserl's phenomenology, Idea and Experience, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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