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    All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age (Hardback) By (author) Hubert Dreyfus, By (author) Sean Dorrance Kelly

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    DescriptionA sense of certainty and unhesitating confidence is rare in the contemporary world. An unrelenting flow of choices confronts us at nearly every moment of our lives, and if we are honest about it then most of us will admit that we waver in the face of them. Dreyfus and Kelly examine some of the greatest books in the Western Canon to explain that the burden of choice is essentially a modern problem to which there is an age old solution. Dreyfus and Kelly explain the huge jump from Homer's polytheistic world to the monotheistic one in which Dante wrote his Divine Comedy and Martin Luther wrote his ninety-five theses. They then take the reader forward to the rejection of this Christian ideal, to the Superman of Nietzsche and further onto the spiritual cornucopia of Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Arriving at the ennui and emptiness that pervades our modern world in which the work of Elizabeth Gilbert and David Foster Wallace arose, Dreyfus and Kelly offer a new-and very old-way to embrace the world, a fresh way to live a meaningful life in a secular world.

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    All Things Shining
    Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hubert Dreyfus, By (author) Sean Dorrance Kelly
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    ISBN 13: 9781416596158
    ISBN 10: 1416596151

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15710
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.0
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Abridged Dewey: 200
    BISAC V2.8: PHI022000
    BIC subject category V2: HRAB
    BISAC V2.8: LIT007000
    DC22: 200
    B&T General Subject: 610
    B&T Approval Code: A13060000
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    B&T Approval Code: A28400000
    BISAC V2.8: PHI031000, REL033000
    LC classification: BL80.3 .D74 2011
    Imprint name
    Simon Spotlight Entertainment
    Publication date
    01 April 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "Stunning! This is one of the most surprising, demanding, and beautiful books I have ever read. My compliments gentleman, and I hope thousands of others share my admiration--and awe." --Charles Van Doren, author of "A History of Knowledge"