Conversations about the End of Time

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Catherine David, Frédéric Lenoir, Jean-Philippe de Tonnac
Fromm International, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 228 pages
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There is nothing special about the year 2000, yet the start of the third millennium proved a focus for many deep anxieties and expectations. Four of the world's boldest and most celebrated thinkers offer a vast range of insights into how we make sense of time: paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould on dating the Creation, evolutionary "deep time", and the need for ecological ethics on a human scale; Umberto Eco, novelist, medievalist, and Web fanatic, on the brave new world of cyberspace and its likely impact on memory, cultural continuity, and access to knowledge; screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere on "the art of slowness" and attitudes toward time in non-Western cultures; and Catholic historian Jean Delumeau on how the Western imagination has always been haunted by ideas of the Apocalypse.

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Contents

Foreword
A Thousand Years are as One Day 12
What Evolution Teaches Us 27
In Search of Other Life Forms 42
The Judgement of the Individual and the Last Judgement 5 8
Millenarianisms Finest Hours 78
The Regaining of Hope 91
Answering the Sphinx
The Watchmakers Secret 137
Withdrawing from the World 143
A Very Old Couple 151
The End of the Human Race is Not the End of the World 158
In Praise of Slowness 164
Signs of the Times
All Men are Mortal 179
The Millennium Bug 187

Vishnus Sleep 104
The Dizzying Perspectives of Time 115
The End of Time or the End of Times? 121
Oedipus at the Gates of Thebes 127
The Myth of the Tabula Rasa 197
The Time of Repentance 203
Tragic Optimism 213
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About the author (2000)

Umberto Eco was born in Alessandria, Italy on January 5, 1932. He received a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Turin in 1954. His first book, Il Problema Estetico in San Tommaso, was an extension of his doctoral thesis on St. Thomas Aquinas and was published in 1956. His first novel, The Name of the Rose, was published in 1980 and won the Premio Strega and the Premio Anghiar awards in 1981. His other works include Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, and The Prague Cementary.

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