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The title of Paci's book aims at a very high goal: to situate scientific praxis within a serious endeavor to understand what it means to be human. In my opinion, Paci's accomplishment is remarkable. For anyone with a phenomenological / hermeneutical / humanistic Marxist (etc.) orientation, the book should be both useful and enjoyable. Paci synthesizes Husserl's work and extends it into wide-ranging study of the constructive potentialities of social life under conditions of advanced technology. I will risk summarizing Paci's position as follows: Everything that is, both nature and culture, is merely raw material for creative re-new-al through the cooperative reflection and action of persons living as community of peers -- and we can appropriate the sciences and technology to help realize such a form of life: the unsurpassable project of humanity always surpassing its current conditions through ever deeper self-reflection, aiming at self-accountability and renewal, i.e., genuine *progress* (not what calls itself "progress" but is often, at best, ambivalent, and -- to use one of Paci's own words: self-occluding). A very fine book. We would live in an unimaginably different and better world than in fact we live in, if this book (and, of course, others like it) informed the imagination of the educated public.
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