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After Life Paperback – November 1, 2010
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Many of the detours in telling this long history of struggle with this contradiction through Neoplatonic thought, the Pseudo-Dionysius, the Scholastics, Kant, onto Bataille, among many others, and topically into non-Western thinkers range from highly convoluted to boldly thought-provoking. The emphasis varies over the three streams of theology, philosophy, and biology. The early arguments focus on theology and the plenitude of the principle of Life contained in the writings of early thinkers. There is little direct treatment of biology except to highlight the parallels between certain research trends and theological/philosophical ideas. In its broadest perspective the book puts forward the relative importance of a philosophical perspective on the question of the meaning of Life as compared to both theology (Life as spirit) and biology (Life as description and classification).Read more ›