- Series: Crosscurrents
- Hardcover: 350 pages
- Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 1 edition (August 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193223604X
- ISBN-13: 978-1932236040
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,846,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Icarus Fallen: Search For Meaning In An Uncertain World (Crosscurrents) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Chantal Delsol is professor of philosophy at the University fo Marne-La-Vallee near Paris. A prominent political philosopher in France, she is also a novelist. Her books include a study of twentieth-century political thought, a treatise on the principal of subsidiarity, and Eloge de la singularite: essai sur la modernite taardive, which will be published in the Crosscurents series in 2004.
Robin Dick teaches English and Linguistics at Lionel Groulx College outside Montreal.
Virgil P. Nemoianu is William J. Byron Distinguished Professor of Literature and Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America. He is the author of, among many other volumes, The Taming of Romanticism: European Literature and the Age of Biedermeier.
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In a very approximate nutshell, "Icarus Fallen" is about the evolution of Enlightenment ideals into what they are now, and the impacts those changes have on Western civilization. If this book doesn’t terrify the Western world for what it has become, nothing will.
For me there are, however, three distractions. First is the Forward by Virgil P. Nemoianu, which sounds like a partisan stab from the American political Right. If anyone needs to read this book, which is quite balanced, it is the American Left. Few copies will be read by liberals after Nemoianu’s second sentence. The next distraction is the publisher, ISI Books. ISI has published wonderful titles like this, and absurdities like "Darwin Day In America" with all the usual Creationist talking points that resonate with a scientifically illiterate public. This gives the impression ISI has a dogma to satisfy because with the small volumes they sell it’s not about the money. Lastly, Delsol herself bruises her image with her position on the natural world and popular responses to its demise. Instead of a measurable fact, it seems to be denied as, “Clearly a contemporary variant of pantheism.” Here she reads like the Church resistant to Copernicus. Could it be that the natural world is viewed less as a playground for Hippies, and more of a moral matter, perhaps for some, of God’s creation superior to market demands? All in all, this is a remarkable book, I hope everyone makes time to read.