G.K. Chesterton: Thinking Backward, Looking Forward (Hardback)
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Short Description for G.K. Chesterton Offering a detailed study of early 20th-century essayist, poet, novelist, political campaigner, and theologian G.K. Chesterton, author Stephen R.L. Clark explores Chesterton's ideas and arguments in their historical context, while also tracing the history of the early science fiction movement.
- Published: 30 January 2007
- Format: Hardback 248 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781599471044 ISBN 10: 1599471043
- Sales rank: 501,647
Full description for G.K. Chesterton
In this book, Stephen R. L. Clark, a philosopher with a lifelong "addiction" to science fiction, explores G. K. Chesterton's ideas and arguments in their historical context and evaluates them philosophically. He addresses Chesterton's sense that the way things are is not how they must have been or need be in the future, and his willingness to face up to the apparent effects of the nihilism he detected in the science and politics of his day. Clark offers a detailed study of some of Chesterton's works that have been identified by science fiction writers and critics as seminal influences. He attempts to deal with some of Chesterton's theories that have been found offensive or "positively wicked" by later writers and critics, including his arguments against female suffrage and in praise of war, his medievalist leanings, and his contemptuous rejection of Darwinian evolutionary theory.