By Jeff Bergner

How did we turn into a tradition of unbridled egoism? and the way does our tradition of the self, with its day-by-day demands self-expression and self-transformation, co-exist with our global of contemporary technological know-how and its implicit determinism?

This essay bargains a brand new and strikingly unique interpretation of Western proposal. It explores the "metaphysics of Moses" within the Torah, the Greek inspiration of soul and the significance of the physique in ancient church Christianity. latest traditional wisdom--that modernity is based in materialism and that theology offers an antidote--is precisely backwards; early sleek philosophy completely rejected the physicality of Christianity in prefer of guy as basically brain, and German idealist philosophy remodeled guy as primarily brain into state-of-the-art guy of ego. in doing so, it additionally proven a foundation for contemporary clinical determinism rooted in human intentions.

The essay is sweeping in scope--yet understated, stylish and humane. It bargains a lot wanted suggestions for a way to stay a considerate, even noble existence in brand new world.

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