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Radical Nature: Rediscovering the Soul of Matter Paperback – April 1, 2002
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This book offers a new and essential foundation stone for my own work in soul-body healing, and I have already recommended it to friends and colleagues in medicine, psychology and philosophy. It is a "must-read" addition to the ongoing literature on consciousness and mind-body phenomena.
Christian de Quincey's RADICAL NATURE is a happy exception to the rule. De Quincey probes deeply into the most basic philosophical questions of our time. He explores the relationship between mind and matter, the meaning of consciousness in the natural world, and the need for a new way of thinking and being in these times of fragmentation. In his integrative vision, he surpasses both dualism and monism, both the old-time idealism and the old-time materialism. And de Quincey does all this in a brilliantly lucid and original way. So, on a ten-point scale based on clarity and depth, I give Christian de Quincey's RADICAL NATURE a ten.
I particularly like this book because it is written in a spirit of inquiry, with respect for the sacred nature of the material world and for the importance of relationships. By that I mean, our relationship to each other, the earth and the cosmos.
I also like the book because it is not simple repetition of pop New Age chatter. Dr. de Quincey is a real philosopher who applies rigor to the position he is presenting without sacrificing his humanity on the altar of the need to be right at all costs, a fault that is not uncommon among academic philosophers. In other words, the book is rigorous, but at the same time it has heart.
Interestingly and happily, this book will appeal to both educated lay people and academic philosophers. While it might be a bit of an intellectual stretch for the average lay person, it is still challenging enough for most discerning audience in the area of philosopy and consciousness. It is also so thought provoking that even someone without a strong background in philosophy will find it difficult to put down.
While I don't necessarily agree with everything that Dr. de Quincey says, I enjoy his approach, he asks the right questions and he presents very likely stories about age old problems. His whole approach communicates his respect for the material world, the reality that is behind it and his genuine enthusiasm for his topic.
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This wonderful philosophical work is summed up beautifully in the cover art (by Peter Holm) - the physical world coexistent with consciousness. Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by Hillbilly Hippie
The first criteria by which a philosophical work is often judged is its content. Are its arguments firm or assailable? Does it explain what it purports to explain? Read morePublished on June 3, 2009 by Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA
This book is great for beginners being introduced to philosophy and consciousness ideas, as well as seasoned readers of the genre. Read morePublished on January 11, 2007 by Joshua Miers
Christian de Quincey's book "Radical Nature" fell into my hands at just about the right time to heighten that curious sense of synchronicity when things seem to have an underlying... Read morePublished on January 1, 2007 by Jokodrums
When I read this book, I rushed over to Amazon and bought Christian de Quincey's other book Radical Knowing.
I totally agree with his witty critique of "physics envy" . Read more
In this book, De Quincey's knowledge, experience, passion and scholarship catapults our understanding of consciousness into a view which dissolves boundries between matter and... Read morePublished on October 7, 2006 by Papillon
This book was a valuable addition to my ongoing search to make sense out of my world. I owned it for some time before I read it. Read morePublished on October 5, 2006 by M. Moore
I've been reading Radical Nature with great delight. For the past year or two I have been deeply interested in CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES. Read morePublished on September 29, 2004 by Eric Sherman
Even for those of us who hold a traditional scientific view of consciousness as an emergent property of the evolutionary process, this is an important book as it challenges our... Read morePublished on April 16, 2003 by Richard de la Chaumiere