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Maynard Adams: Southern Philosopher of Civilization

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Glenn Blackburn taught at the University of Virginia's College at Wise for thirty-one years and was also Dean of the Faculty for five years. He is now a Senior Scholar at the College.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865547904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865547902
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 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: #4,030,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blackburn's book is fascinating and unique. It tells the story of a philosopher's life and also presents the essentials of Adams's philosophy.
Adams called his philosophical synthesis "realistic humanism," and Adams's writings give us the hope that value and meaning (ethics and religion) are just as real and knowable as scientific fact.
Naturalists have argued that only science can give us knowledge of the world. Adams shows this is a deeply mistaken -- even deranged -- view.
Blackburn also recounts the goodness of the man Adams was -- his involvement in the civil rights movement, his good citizenship in Chapel Hill. And he was a great teacher, showing his students how to live a good life full of value and meaning and how to work toward a good society.
There is so much of importance and value in Adams's philosophy that every student and responsible citizen should read Blackburn's book. The culture cannot be left to naturalism.
Blackburn clarifies and explains Adams admirably. This is an excellent introduction to Adams's philosophy and to the life of a genuine philosopher of our time.

by Maurice Stanley, Retired Philosophy Lecturer, UNCW
Author of God, Hope, and Freedom
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