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The Wreck of Western Culture

John Carroll

The Wreck of Western Culture

John Carroll

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Humanism built western civilisation as we know it today. Its achievements include the liberation of the individual, democracy, universal rights, and widespread prosperity and comfort. Its ambassadors are the heroes of modern culture: Erasmus, Holbein, Shakespeare, Velázquez, Descartes, Kant, and Freud. 
Those who sought to contain humanism's pride within a frame of higher truth Luther, Calvin, Poussin, Kierkegaard could barely interrupt its torrential progress. Those who sought to reform humanism's tenets Marx, Darwin, and Nietzsche were tested by the success of their own prophecies.
So runs the approved view; it is not shared by John Carroll. Rather he articulates a disruptive and compelling alternative version of western civilisation since the Renaissance and the Reformation contrived to unleash Reason, Will and a superhuman Man on the world. Here, Professor Carroll significantly reworks his bracing study of humanism's rise to pre-eminence and its headlong tumble into contradiction. This revised look at the failure of the West's five-hundred-year experiment with humanism, and its dire cultural consequences concludes with September 11, 2001.

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Humanism built western civilisation as we know it today. Its achievements include the liberation of the individual, democracy, universal rights, and widespread prosperity and comfort. Its ambassadors are the heroes of modern culture: Erasmus, Holbein, Shakespeare, Velázquez, Descartes, Kant, and Freud. 
Those who sought to contain humanism's pride within a frame of higher truth Luther, Calvin, Poussin, Kierkegaard could barely interrupt its torrential progress. Those who sought to reform humanism's tenets Marx, Darwin, and Nietzsche were tested by the success of their own prophecies.
So runs the approved view; it is not shared by John Carroll. Rather he articulates a disruptive and compelling alternative version of western civilisation since the Renaissance and the Reformation contrived to unleash Reason, Will and a superhuman Man on the world. Here, Professor Carroll significantly reworks his bracing study of humanism's rise to pre-eminence and its headlong tumble into contradiction. This revised look at the failure of the West's five-hundred-year experiment with humanism, and its dire cultural consequences concludes with September 11, 2001.

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  • Catalogue Code 220427
  • Product Code 192076917X
  • EAN 9781920769178
  • Pages 296
  • Department Academic
  • Category Philosophy
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Scribe Publications
  • Publication Date Jul 2004
  • Dimensions 234 x 152 x 21 mm
  • Weight 0.184kg

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