- Paperback: 259 pages
- Publisher: Ignatius Press (April 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0898704472
- ISBN-13: 978-0898704471
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Degenerate Moderns: Modernity as Rationalized Sexual Misbehavior Paperback – April, 1993
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Central to Jones' argument is this thesis: "There are only two alternatives in the intellectual life: either one conforms desire to the truth or one conforms truth to desire" (p. 11). Since our sexual desire is quite powerful, we all too often rationalize our sexual behavior rather than live as we ought. Though sexual sin in itself does great harm, the "most insidious corruption" to which our species falls prey is "the corruption of the mind" which accompanies the process or rationalizing it. "One moves all too easily from sexual sins, which are probably the most common to mankind, to intellectual sins, which are the most pernicious" (p. 12). That process, demonstrably evident in some of this century's most influential intellectuals, leads Jones to declare that "the verdict is clear: modernity is rationalized lust" (p. 17).
The verdict is based in recent, frequently muckraking biographies. We now know formerly hidden details about the men and women whose theories have so shaped modernity. Consider first the case of Margaret Mead, for decades one of the most trusted academic anthropologists, whose Coming of Age in Samoa has been routinely cited as evidence for "cultural relativism." What's right in one culture, she argued, lauding the Samoans' sexual permissiveness, may be judged wrong in another. Recent evaluations of Mead's studies have raised a barrage of flak (items of fact) which threaten to shatter her renown. Amazingly enough, Mead only spent nine months in Samoa, taking a scant six weeks to learn the language of the people she studied!Read more ›
YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!
The bottom line? Mr. Jones is right; just not as right as he thinks he is.
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There have been better "negative" reviews written than mine here, but I'll venture my own of Jone's "Degenerate Moderns" none the less.
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Ahhhhhhhhhhh, if the world only knew what is in this book about the private lives of those who have subtly and importantly influenced our lives, there is much that we might change... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bert K. Robinson
This book should be read by every public policy maker including state legislators like myself. It explains much of the arguing in the public arena and motivation for those... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bob Marshall
A very logical and, I personally believe, true explanation of why this world's leading people- whether artists, writers, therapists, directors, etc. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Drake Roby
I bought this because of reading Jones's "Monsters of the Id" which is fantastically interesting. This seemed to be along similair lines but had less to say. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Mrs Jane Thompson
This book brings to light 10 different people that have had such a historical and social impact in the world. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by Max Kolbe
Most of the critiques of the book are actually more generous than I would be myself.
However, for those looking for a very, very traditional view of modern art and sexual... Read more
Reading the book Degenerate Moderns by E. Michael Jones almost made me believe in prophecy. Not that Jones himself is the prophet; it was D.H. Read morePublished on January 26, 2006 by BHM
In a brilliant tour de force, Jones demonstrates that while the ad hominem may be a fallacy when used right off the bat, it is a beautiful tool for debunking and explaining what... Read morePublished on June 26, 2005 by Albion