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"We experience in Itself a sense of freedom (emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical) that is rare in writing, let alone in philosophistical writing . . . a transcending from the Heideggerian dwelling to the Baumian dreaming." transdisciplinarypsych.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/giobbi_itself_baum.pdf

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Schirmacher is a philosopher of technology. He currently teaches Media Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York and is Professor in the Science-Technology-Society Program at Penn State University.
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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Atropos Press (February 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983173443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983173441
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,572,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many of us begin the text from the right. Typically it is the bibliography or the index we peruse to see where the writer passes and who passes through her. It is a kind of preliminary test of the reader. If it is someone we know and distrust we find the back pages to be like a photo album from the trip he has been on (and offer for us to join them). The unknown author is being held to a test. There are certain names that must appear in the back pages of certain dwellings. If these names are absent, the merit of text is, well…

Itself gives a gift. The end pages are filled with “acknowledgements” of Dr. Baum. What is intriguing, if not impressive, about these ac/knowledge/ments is not so much the array of thinkers that Dr. Baum calls his mentors and peers, a formidable list, but the care that is apparent is acknowledgement itself. One has the sense, in beginning Itself from the back, that we are dealing not merely with a brilliant and thorough thinker, but with a very human sage. In his authenticity, RCB unconceals an authentic care for Dasein, not a flamboyant display of inauthentic posturing (that is all too typical), but a pathway to understand the intentionality with which Dr. Baum approaches Itself, giving.

To “live a creative life with courage,” if there is anything that we can truly call freedom –this is it- and this is the very thing that Itself gives. We experience in Itself a sense of freedom (emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical) that is rare in writing, let alone in philosophistical writing. Robert Craig Baum has achieved a freedom, and gives Itself as a gift of freedom in the sensitive dwelling, speculating, and dreaming. Perhaps this is the greatest gift that Itself gives; a transcending from the Heideggerian dwelling to the Baumian dreaming.
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Would have been better if Balm had gotten his dissertation mentor Zippy to co-write with him (rather than that stodgy old schoolmaster Schirmbacker); would be more entertaining and not appear to try to be academic somehow.
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