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Curing Mad Truths - Medieval Wisdom for the Modern Age (Hardcover): Remi Brague Curing Mad Truths - Medieval Wisdom for the Modern Age (Hardcover)
Remi Brague
R579 Discovery Miles 5 790 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In his first book composed in English, Remi Brague maintains that there is a fundamental problem with modernity: we no longer consider the created world and humanity as intrinsically valuable. Curing Mad Truths, based on a number of Brague's lectures to English-speaking audiences, explores the idea that humanity must return to the Middle Ages. Not the Middle Ages of purported backwardness and barbarism, but rather a Middle Ages that understood creation-including human beings-as the product of an intelligent and benevolent God. The positive developments that have come about due to the modern project, be they health, knowledge, freedom, or peace, are not grounded in a rational project because human existence itself is no longer the good that it once was. Brague turns to our intellectual forebears of the medieval world to present a reasoned argument as to why humanity and civilizations are goods worth promoting and preserving. Curing Mad Truths will be of interest to a learned audience of philosophers, historians, and medievalists.

The Law of God - The Philosophical History of an Idea (Paperback): Remi Brague The Law of God - The Philosophical History of an Idea (Paperback)
Remi Brague; Translated by Lydia G. Cochrane
R545 R509 Discovery Miles 5 090 Save R36 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The law of God: these words conjure an image of Moses breaking the tablets at Mount Sinai, but the history of the alliance between law and divinity is so much longer, and its scope so much broader, than a single Judeo-Christian scene can possibly suggest. In his stunningly ambitious new history, Remi Brague goes back three thousand years to trace this idea of divine law in the West from prehistoric religions to modern times--giving new depth to today's discussions about the role of God in worldly affairs.
Brague masterfully describes the differing conceptions of divine law in Judaic, Islamic, and Christian traditions and illuminates these ideas with a wide range of philosophical, political, and religious sources. In conclusion, he addresses the recent break in the alliance between law and divinity--when modern societies, far from connecting the two, started to think of law simply as the rule human community gives itself. Exploring what this disconnection means for the contemporary world, Brague--powerfully expanding on the project he began with "The Wisdom of the World"--re-engages readers in a millennia-long intellectual tradition, ultimately arriving at a better comprehension of our own modernity.
"Brague's sense of intellectual adventure is what makes his work genuinely exciting to read. "The Law of God" offers a challenge that anyone concerned with today's religious struggles ought to take up."--Adam Kirsch, "New York"" Sun""" "Scholars and students of contemporary world events, to the extent that these may be viewed as a clash of rival fundamentalisms, will have much to gain from Brague's study. Ideally, in that case, the book seems to be both an obvious primer andlaunching pad for further scholarship."--"Times Higher Education Supplement"

The Kingdom of Man - Genesis and Failure of the Modern Project (Hardcover): Remi Brague The Kingdom of Man - Genesis and Failure of the Modern Project (Hardcover)
Remi Brague; Translated by Paul Seaton
R801 Discovery Miles 8 010 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Was humanity created, or do humans create themselves? In this eagerly awaited English translation of Le Regne de l'homme, the last volume of Remi Brague's trilogy on the philosophical development of anthropology in the West, Brague argues that with the dawn of the Enlightenment, Western societies rejected the transcendence of the past and looked instead to the progress fostered by the early modern present and the future. As scientific advances drained the cosmos of literal mystery, humanity increasingly devalued the theophilosophical mystery of being in favor of omniscience over one's own existence. Brague narrates the intellectual disappearance of the natural order, replaced by a universal chaos upon which only humanity can impose order; he cites the vivid histories of the nation-state, economic evolution into capitalism, and technology as the tools of this new dominion, taken up voluntarily by humans for their own end rather than accepted from the deity for a divine purpose. Brague's tour de force begins with the ancient and medieval confidence in humanity as the superior creation of Nature or of God, epitomized in the biblical wish of the Creator for humans to exert stewardship over the earth. He sees the Enlightenment as a transition period, taking as a given that humankind should be masters of the world but rejecting the imposition of that duty by a deity. Before the Enlightenment, who the creator was and whom the creator dominated were clear. With the advance of modernity and banishment of the Creator, who was to be dominated? Today, Brague argues, "our humanism . . . is an anti-antihumanism, rather than a direct affirmation of the goodness of the human." He ends with a sobering question: does humankind still have the will to survive in an era of intellectual self-destruction? The Kingdom of Man will appeal to all readers interested in the history of ideas, but will be especially important to political philosophers, historical anthropologists, and theologians.

The Legend of the Middle Ages - Philosophical Explorations of Medieval Christianity, Judaism, and Islam (Hardcover): Remi Brague The Legend of the Middle Ages - Philosophical Explorations of Medieval Christianity, Judaism, and Islam (Hardcover)
Remi Brague; Translated by Lydia G. Cochrane
R894 Discovery Miles 8 940 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This volume presents a penetrating interview and sixteen essays that explore key intersections of medieval religion and philosophy. With characteristic erudition and insight, RemiBrague focuses less on individual Christian, Jewish, and Muslim thinkers than on their relationships with one another. Their disparate philosophical worlds, Brague shows, were grounded in different models of revelation that engendered divergent interpretations of the ancient Greek sources they held in common. So, despite striking similarities in their solutions for the philosophical problems they all faced, intellectuals in each theological tradition often viewed the others' ideas with skepticism, if not disdain. Brague's portrayal of this misunderstood age brings to life not only its philosophical and theological nuances, but also lessons for our own time.

Moderately Modern (Hardcover): Remi Brague Moderately Modern (Hardcover)
Remi Brague; Translated by Paul Seaton
R548 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R117 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Wisdom of the World - The Human Experience of the Universe in Western Thought (Paperback, New edition): Remi Brague The Wisdom of the World - The Human Experience of the Universe in Western Thought (Paperback, New edition)
Remi Brague
R664 Discovery Miles 6 640 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

When the ancient Greeks looked up into the heavens, they saw not just sun and moon, stars and planets, but a complete, coherent universe, a model of the Good that could serve as a guide to a better life. How this view of the world came to be, and how we lost it (or turned away from it) on the way to becoming modern, make for a fascinating story, told in a highly accessible manner by Remi Brague in this wide-ranging cultural history.
Before the Greeks, people thought human action was required to maintain the order of the universe and so conducted rituals and sacrifices to renew and restore it. But beginning with the Hellenic Age, the universe came to be seen as existing quite apart from human action and possessing, therefore, a kind of wisdom that humanity did not. Wearing his remarkable erudition lightly, Brague traces the many ways this universal wisdom has been interpreted over the centuries, from the time of ancient Egypt to the modern era. Socratic and Muslim philosophers, Christian theologians and Jewish Kabbalists all believed that questions about the workings of the world and the meaning of life were closely intertwined and that an understanding of cosmology was crucial to making sense of human ethics. Exploring the fate of this concept in the modern day, Brague shows how modernity stripped the universe of its sacred and philosophical wisdom, transforming it into an ethically indifferent entity that no longer serves as a model for human morality.
Encyclopedic and yet intimate, "The Wisdom of the World" offers the best sort of history: broad, learned, and completely compelling. Brague opens a window onto systems of thought radically different from our own.

Anker Im Himmel - Metaphysik Als Fundament Der Anthropologie (Hardcover): Brague Remi Brague Anker Im Himmel - Metaphysik Als Fundament Der Anthropologie (Hardcover)
Brague Remi Brague
R839 R734 Discovery Miles 7 340 Save R105 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism (Hardcover, Annotated edition): Albert Camus Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism (Hardcover, Annotated edition)
Albert Camus; Translated by Ronald Srigley; Epilogue by Remi Brague
R488 R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Save R103 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Contemporary scholarship tends to view Albert Camus as a modern, but he himself was conscious of the past and called the transition from Hellenism to Christianity the true and only turning point in history. For Camus, modernity was not fully comprehensible without an examination of the aspirations that were first articulated in antiquity and that later received their clearest expression in Christianity. These aspirations amounted to a fundamental reorientation of human life in politics, religion, science, and philosophy. Understanding the nature and achievement of that reorientation became the central task of Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism. Primarily known through its inclusion in a French omnibus edition, it has remained one of Camus' least-read works, yet it marks his first attempt to understand the relationship between Greek philosophy and Christianity as he charted the movement from the Gospels through Gnosticism and Plotinus to what he calls Augustine's second revelation of the Christian faith. Ronald Srigley's translation of this seminal document helps illuminate these aspects of Camus' work. His freestanding English edition exposes readers to an important part of Camus' thought that is often overlooked by those concerned primarily with the book's literary value and supersedes the extant McBride translation by retaining a greater degree of literalness. Srigley has fully annotated Christian Metaphysics to include nearly all of Camus' original citations and has tracked down many poorly identified sources. When Camus cites an ancient primary source, whether in French translation or in the original language, Srigley substitutes a standard English translation in the interest of making his edition accessible to a wider range of readers. His introduction places the text in the context of Camus' better-known later work, explicating its relationship to those mature writings and exploring how its themes were reworked in subsequent books. Arguing that Camus was one of the great critics of modernity through his attempt to disentangle the Greeks from the Christians, Srigley clearly demonstrates the place of Christian Metaphysics in Camus' oeuvre. As the only stand-alone English version of this important work--and a long-overdue critical edition--his fluent translation is an essential benchmark in our understanding of Camus and his place in modern thought.

The Legitimacy of the Human (Hardcover): Remi Brague The Legitimacy of the Human (Hardcover)
Remi Brague; Translated by Paul Seaton
R471 R425 Discovery Miles 4 250 Save R46 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Socrates and Other Saints (Paperback): Darius Karlowicz Socrates and Other Saints (Paperback)
Darius Karlowicz; Translated by Artur Sebastian Rosman; Foreword by Remi Brague
R301 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R59 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
On the God of the Christians - (And on One or Two Others) (Hardcover): Remi Brague On the God of the Christians - (And on One or Two Others) (Hardcover)
Remi Brague; Translated by Paul Seaton
R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Socrates and Other Saints (Hardcover): Darius Karlowicz Socrates and Other Saints (Hardcover)
Darius Karlowicz; Translated by Artur Sebastian Rosman; Foreword by Remi Brague
R649 R499 Discovery Miles 4 990 Save R150 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Europa - Seine Kultur, Seine Barbarei - Exzentrische Identit t Und R mische Sekundarit t (German, Hardcover, 2012 ed.): Gennaro... Europa - Seine Kultur, Seine Barbarei - Exzentrische Identit t Und R mische Sekundarit t (German, Hardcover, 2012 ed.)
Gennaro Ghirardelli; Remi Brague
R1,354 R1,145 Discovery Miles 11 450 Save R209 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
La Loi De Dieu (French, Paperback): Remi Brague La Loi De Dieu (French, Paperback)
Remi Brague
R594 R467 Discovery Miles 4 670 Save R127 (21%) Special order
Le Restant - Supplement Aux Commentaires Du Menon de Platon (French, Paperback): Remi Brague Le Restant - Supplement Aux Commentaires Du Menon de Platon (French, Paperback)
Remi Brague
R1,075 Discovery Miles 10 750 Special order

Que reste-il a dire sur le Menon? Quel dialogue de Platon semble mieux connu? Une methode renouvelee permet seule de montrer que les passages les plus celebres ne nous ont pas livre tous leurs secrets, et que ceux sur lesquels le regard glisse doivent au contraire retenir l'attention. L'interpretation ici proposee refuse de separer forme et contenu: si Platon a ecrit des dialogues, et non des traites, il devait avoir ses raisons. Le sens d'un dialogue ne se limite pas a celui des repliques d'un seul personnage. Socrate n'est pas le porte-parole de Platon. Platon ne parle jamais en son propre nom. C'est le dialogue tout entier qui est l'enseignement, dans son plan, dans ses personnages, dans sa mise en scene. Elle refuse de supposer le sujet du dialogue: personne ne sait ce qu'est la vertu . C'est le dialogue qui doit appprendre ce qu'elle est. Elle refuse de se laisser imposer des passages classiques - la torpille, la reminiscence - entre lesquels il n'y aurait que du remplissage. Elle refuse d'expliquer les choix de Platon pour tel personnage, telle date, telle situation, par le renvoi positiviste a des faits exterieurs a la pensee reflechie du philosophe. Elle refuse d'ignorer les recentes decouvertes sur l'enseignement oral de Platon et en retrouve les principales doctrines dans le contenu, mais aussi la forme du texte. Elle demontre ainsi sur l'exemple d'un dialogue la fecondite d'une methode applicable a l'ensemble de l'oeuvre ecrite de Platon.

Concepts Et Categories Dans La Pensee Antique (French, Paperback): Pierre Aubenque Concepts Et Categories Dans La Pensee Antique (French, Paperback)
Pierre Aubenque; Contributions by Remi Brague, Francoise Caujolle-Zaslawsky, Jean-Francois Courtine, J-L Delamarre, …
R1,072 Discovery Miles 10 720 Special order

Depuis Aristote, on entend par categories des concepts tres generaux, dont la generalite ne derive pas de l'experience, mais en quelque sorte la precede, puisque c'est eux et eux seuls qui nous permettent de l'organiser et de la penser. Ces concepts - substance, quantite, relation, qualite, lieu, temps, action, passion, situation, avoir - sont-ils des structures universelles de toute pensee ou bien sont-ils lies aux particularites semantiques ou syntaxiques d'un systeme linguistique particulier, en l'occurrence de la langue grecque, a l'interieur de laquelle ils ont ete pour la premiere fois enonces et rassembles? Les etudes ici reunies, issues d'un seminaire qui s'est poursuivi durant plusieurs annees au Centre de recherche sur la Pensee antique de l'Universite de Paris-Sorbonne, associe au C.N.R.S. (Centre Leon-Robin), s'efforcent d'apporter des elements de reponse a cette grande question, qui demeure au centre des discussions contemporaines sur les rapports de la philosophie et du langage. Leur apport specifique consiste dans une exegese rigoureuse des analyses du traite aristotelicien des Categories, eclaire par les developpements ulterieurs de la doctrine, tels que nous les connaissons notamment a travers le Commentaire du Neoplatonicien Simplicius. Certaines de ces etudes examinent l'influence ou les transformations des categories aristoteliciennes chez les Stoiciens, les grammairiens grecs de la fin de l'Antiquite, les Neoplatoniciens tardifs, les Peres de l'Eglise et dans la tradition latine antique et medievale.

Anchors in the Heavens - The Metaphysical Infrastructure of Human Life (Hardcover): Remi Brague Anchors in the Heavens - The Metaphysical Infrastructure of Human Life (Hardcover)
Remi Brague; Translated by Brian Lapsa
R387 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R79 (20%) Special order
The Law of God - The Philosophical History of an Idea (Hardcover): Remi Brague The Law of God - The Philosophical History of an Idea (Hardcover)
Remi Brague
R771 Discovery Miles 7 710 Special order

The law of God: these words conjure an image of Moses breaking the tablets at Mount Sinai, but the history of the alliance between law and divinity is so much longer, and its scope so much broader, than a single Judeo-Christian scene can possibly suggest. In his stunningly ambitious new history, Remi Brague goes back three thousand years to trace this idea of divine law in the West from prehistoric religions to modern times--giving new depth to today's discussions about the role of God in worldly affairs.
Bringing to the work his characteristic brilliance and clarity of thought, Brague explains how divine law, which served in ancient Greece as a metaphor for natural law, was seen in ancient Israel as divine revelation. Later, in the Middle Ages, it took on new sacred meanings: within Judaism, it represented the sole presence of God among a people deprived of a temple and kingdom. For Islam, it served as direct dictation from God that came to rule all human practices. Christianity, meanwhile, conceived a relationship to God that went beyond legislation, turning away from the idea of revealed law and toward the Greek notion of law that was divine "because" it was natural.
Masterfully illuminating these ideas with a wide range of philosophical, political, and religious sources, Brague's history concludes by addressing the recent break in the alliance between law and divinity--when modern societies, far from connecting the two, started to think of law simply as the rule human community gives itself. Exploring what this disconnection means for the contemporary world, Brague--powerfully expanding on the project he began with "The Wisdom of the World"--re-engages readers in amillennia-long intellectual tradition, ultimately arriving at a better comprehension of our own modernity.

The Legend of the Middle Ages - Philosophical Explorations of Medieval Christianity, Judaism, and Islam (Paperback): Remi Brague The Legend of the Middle Ages - Philosophical Explorations of Medieval Christianity, Judaism, and Islam (Paperback)
Remi Brague; Translated by Lydia G. Cochrane
R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Special order

This volume presents a penetrating interview and sixteen essays that explore key intersections of medieval religion and philosophy. With characteristic erudition and insight, RemiBrague focuses less on individual Christian, Jewish, and Muslim thinkers than on their relationships with one another. Their disparate philosophical worlds, Brague shows, were grounded in different models of revelation that engendered divergent interpretations of the ancient Greek sources they held in common. So, despite striking similarities in their solutions for the philosophical problems they all faced, intellectuals in each theological tradition often viewed the others' ideas with skepticism, if not disdain. Brague's portrayal of this misunderstood age brings to life not only its philosophical and theological nuances, but also lessons for our own time.

The After the Storm (Paperback): Herman Van Rompuy The After the Storm (Paperback)
Herman Van Rompuy; Epilogue by Luuk Van Middelaar, Philippe Van Parijs; Contributions by Remy Brague, Paul Scheffer, …
R629 R559 Discovery Miles 5 590 Save R70 (11%) Special order

The deep economic and financial crisis that hit many countries in Europe brought the issue of democracy in the European Union from the circles of experts into the public arena. Eurozone members, in particular, have experienced how interdependent they have become: the fate of each of them is affecting the fate of all. Under the grip of heavily contested bailout programmes, some of them even felt they were losing all control over their destiny. As a result, issues of solidarity, identity and accountability within and between countries and institutions came to the fore in unusually stark terms. While reflecting a wider decline of trust in politics, the May 2014 European Parliament elections confirmed that public disenchantment with the Union is at an all-time high. Expectations, however, point in different directions: some people want 'more' Europe, others 'less', and many both depending on the issue. In at least one country a sizable share of the population believes that membership of the club is incompatible with life as a sovereign nation.At the same time, new forms of democratic practice are tested (such as the citizens' initiative, the Spitzenkandidaten-system) and others being considered (more involvement of national parliaments, a Eurozone parliament). In this context it is particularly appropriate, indeed urgent, to reflect on the fundamental political challenges facing the continent where democracy was invented. Many of these were discussed without taboo in a series of conversations that took place in 2012-2013 between Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, and European intellectuals from eight countries. Against this background, the editors are inviting circa 20 leading public voices to write about the future of democracy in Europe: the diagnosis, the stakes, the best way forward. What can self-government and majority rule mean in today's Europe, itself in the globalised world of the 21st century? And how can this be relevant for the rest of the world?

The Wisdom of the World - The Human Experience of the Universe in Western Thought (Hardcover, 2nd ed.): Remi Brague The Wisdom of the World - The Human Experience of the Universe in Western Thought (Hardcover, 2nd ed.)
Remi Brague; Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan
R1,081 Discovery Miles 10 810 Special order

When the ancient Greeks looked up into the heavens, they saw not just sun and moon, stars and planets, but a complete, coherent universe, a model of the Good that could serve as a guide to a better life. How this view of the world came to be, and how we lost it (or turned away from it) on the way to becoming modern, make for a fascinating story, told in a highly accessible manner by Remi Brague in this wide-ranging cultural history.
Before the Greeks, people thought human action was required to maintain the order of the universe and so conducted rituals and sacrifices to renew and restore it. But beginning with the Hellenic Age, the universe came to be seen as existing quite apart from human action and possessing, therefore, a kind of wisdom that humanity did not. Wearing his remarkable erudition lightly, Brague traces the many ways this universal wisdom has been interpreted over the centuries, from the time of ancient Egypt to the modern era. Socratic and Muslim philosophers, Christian theologians and Jewish Kabbalists all believed that questions about the workings of the world and the meaning of life were closely intertwined and that an understanding of cosmology was crucial to making sense of human ethics. Exploring the fate of this concept in the modern day, Brague shows how modernity stripped the universe of its sacred and philosophical wisdom, transforming it into an ethically indifferent entity that no longer serves as a model for human morality.
Encyclopedic and yet intimate, "The Wisdom of the World" offers the best sort of history: broad, learned, and completely compelling. Brague opens a window onto systems of thought radically different from our own.

Eccentric Culture - A Theory of Western Civilization (Paperback, ; 11 Hours on 9): Remi Brague Eccentric Culture - A Theory of Western Civilization (Paperback, ; 11 Hours on 9)
Remi Brague; Translated by Samuel Lester
R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Special order

Western culture, which influenced the whole world, came from Europe. But its roots are not there. They are in Athens and Jerusalem. European culture takes its bearing from references that are not in Europe: Europe is eccentric.

What makes the West unique? What is the driving force behind its culture? Remi Brague takes up these questions in Eccentric Culture. This is not another dictionary of European culture, nor a measure of the contributions of a particular individual, religion, or national tradition. The author's interest is especially, with regard to the transmission of that culture, to articulate the dynamic tension that has propelled Europe and more generally the West toward civilization. It is this mainspring of European culture, this founding principle, that Brague calls "Roman".

Yet the author's intent is not to write a history of Europe, and less yet to defend the historical reality of the Roman Empire. Brague rather isolates and generalizes one aspect of that history or, one might say, cultural myth, of ancient Rome. The Roman attitude senses its own incompleteness and recognizes the call to borrow from what went before it.

Historically, it has led the West to borrow from the great traditions of Jerusalem and Athens: primarily the Jewish and Christian tradition, on the one hand, and the classical Greek tradition on the other. Nowhere does the author find this Roman character so strongly present as in the Christian and particularly Catholic attitude toward the incarnation.

At once an appreciation of the richness and diversity of the sources and their fruit, Eccentric Culture points as well to the fragility of their nourishing principle. As such, Brague finds in it notonly a means of understanding the past, but of projecting a future in (re)proposing to the West, and to Europe in particular, a model relationship of what is proper to it.

An international bestseller (translated from the original French edition of Europe, La Voie Romaine), this work has been or is presently being translated into thirteen languages.

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