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    Retrieving Aristotle in an Age of Crisis (Suny Series in Ancient Greek Philosophy) by David Roochnik
    2013 | ISBN: 1438445180, 1438445199 | English | 258 pages | PDF | 4 MB

    An urgent, contemporary defense of Aristotle

    In 1935 Edmund Husserl delivered his now famous lecture "Philosophy and the Crisis of European Humanity," in which he argued that the "misguided rationalism" of modern Western science, dominated by the model of mathematical physics, can tell us nothing about the "meaning" of our lives. Today Husserl's conviction that the West faces a crisis is no longer an abstraction. With the ever-present threat of nuclear explosion, the degradation of the oceans, and the possibility that climate change will wreak havoc on civilization itself, people from all walks of life are wondering what has gone so terribly wrong and what remedies might be available.

    In , David Roochnik makes a lucid and powerful case that Aristotle offers a philosophical resource that even today can be of significant therapeutic value. Unlike the scientific revolutionaries of the seventeenth century, he insisted that both ordinary language and sense-perception play essential roles in the acquisition of knowledge. Centuries before Husserl, Aristotle was a phenomenologist who demanded that a successful theory remain faithful to human experience. His philosophy can thus provide precisely what modern European rationalism now so painfully lacks: an understanding and appreciation of the world in which human beings actually make their homes.

    "Roochnik's thorough development of the protophenomenological character of Aristotle's work is by far the most detailed I know of, and this enables him to mount a defense of Aristotle's relevance today that is as strong as I have read. Moreover, the polemical, passionate, and personal style is a welcome change from the dryness of too much Aristotle scholarship." - Drew A. Hyland, author of Plato and the Question of Beauty[​IMG]
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