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Man's Rage for Chaos: Biology, Behavior and the Arts (Anglais)
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Stephen Irving Max Schwab
An Ambitious Book
30 décembre 2012 - Publié sur Amazon.com
9 personnes ont trouvé cela utile.
Morse Peckham was a challenging and original thinker who tried to understand human behavior through an examination of the creative arts. I do not believe, however, that he was completely successful in communicating his complex thinking to his readers. The distinguished cultural historian E. H. Gombrich, who reviewed Peckham's book for the New York Review of Books, admitted his own failure to comprehend the work, despite his careful attention as a critic and reader. My problems in grasping the work are greater than Gombrich's. I believe that Peckham bears considerable responsibility as a writer for this lack in effective communication. That said, Man's Rage for Chaos makes an important contribution to the history of ideas. Dr. Stephen Schwab, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Alabama
10 décembre 2018 - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book argues, convincingly, that our innate drive to make the world predictable, though indispensable, can be unnecessarily and unhelpfully constrictive. And so that's where art comes in, teaching us to hold this drive in abeyance a little, to let down some of our filters, showing us how to relish the richness, the hardship, the strangeness. I mean, surf's up! And art, art of every kind, can take us there. This book can be taken as the basis of a life philosophy, or as an enhancement to any life philosophy, Moreover, it is written with such textual verve that it is itself a work of art in its own terms.
3 novembre 2011 - Publié sur Amazon.com
11 personnes ont trouvé cela utile.
Whether or not you agree with the ideas and conclusions presented in this book, you should at least finish it armed with some new ideas. Peckham's discussion of biology along side of his discussion of art and human behavior is compelling, fresh, innovative. Much of what I learned from this book has stuck with me for years, and influenced my perspective in other unrelated matters, as well as in my thinking about art. I highly recommend this book although it is a bit of a chore to get through if you don't necessarily enjoy academic writing. That being said, it is completely worth the effort.