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ISBN-10: 0226245349
ISBN-13: 9780226245348
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 05/01/2001
Dimensions: 8.92" L, 5.96" W, 0.70" H

Conquest of Abundance: A Tale of Abstraction Versus the Richness of Being

Editor: Bert Terpstra

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Price: $30.00

Overview

From flea bites to galaxies, from love affairs to shadows, Paul Feyerabend reveled in the sensory and intellectual abundance that surrounds us. He found it equally striking that human senses and human intelligence are able to take in only a fraction of these riches. This a blessing, not a drawback, he writes. A superconscious organism would not be superwise, it would be paralyzed. This human reduction of experience to a manageable level is the heart of Conquest of Abundance, the book on which Feyerabend was at work when he died in 1994.
Prepared from drafts of the manuscript left at his death, working notes, and lectures and articles Feyerabend wrote while the larger work was in progress, Conquest of Abundance offers up rich exploration and startling insights with the charm, lucidity, and sense of mischief that are his hallmarks. Feyerabend is fascinated by how we attempt to explain and predict the mysteries of the natural world, and he looks at the ways in which we abstract experience, explain anomalies, and reduce wonder to formulas and equations. Through his exploration of the positive and negative consequences of these efforts, Feyerabend reveals the conquest of abundance as an integral part of the history and character of Western civilization.

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ISBN-10: 0226245349
ISBN-13: 9780226245348
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 05/01/2001
Dimensions: 8.92" L, 5.96" W, 0.70" H
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