Crafting Gentleness

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Third City

I just picked up a second hand copy of a very curious and interesting book, The Third City: philosophy at war with positivism, by Borna Bebek (CV).

'Between Jerusalem and Babylon, between Athens and Atlantis - the symbolic good and evil cities of the philosophers - lies the third city, which is 'real life'.
Since the Renaissance, Western philosophy has been ruined by two-dimensional thinking: its exponents have invented 'practical' utopias according to their own tastes. But wiser thinkers have always known that perfection is to be found within the third city itself ... Avoiding the false extremes of idealism and materialism, we must allow ethics once more to merge with epistemology.'

Skimmed it a bit. Curious and interesting ...


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