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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; First Edition edition (February 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403965919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403965912
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,695,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This work is not just for artists and philosophers...it proposes a way of 'living well,' and promises to become a spiritual classic for a wide audience."--Choice

About the Author

Christopher Dustin is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. Joanna Ziegler is a former artist and Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts.

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This collection of essays by Christopher Dustin and Joanna E. Ziegler is simply wonderful. They gently guide one through both great and good texts on how to see the world anew. It led me to books that I did not know such as Josef Pieper's gem Only the Lover Sings: Art and Contemplation as well as Eric Sloane's A Reverence for Wood. Likewise, the chapters on Thoreau and Plato/Socrates are worth the price of admission. The essays should be read in the order written since the authors continue to bring forward thinkers considered with the thinkers being discussed. Connections within connections are continuously being made. If one can imagine a book like this visually, it is a beautiful weaving with complex and variegated patterns. If one could imagine it as a piece of music, it is well arranged melody which turns around certain musical themes. It is teaches us about our humanity and what it means to be whole. Good stuff.

This paragraph modifies my earlier review. I need to comment on the Heidegger chapters. There is a growing literature on the problem of Heidegger's thinking because of his involvement with the Nazi Party. I do not wish to debate that topic here. I also do not mean to suggest anything about the authors of this fine book. I just wish that they dropped a footnote about the controversy so that the reader is apprised of the problem as well as the false starts and dangerous consequences that may arise from such thinking. If one is to think through Heidegger one needs also to think philosophically through this problem. It is a path that needs to be journeyed.
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