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An Essay by Louis Dudek
The Birth of Reason
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The Birth of Reason
In The Birth of Reason Louis Dudek establishes the link between ancient pre-Socratic Atomism and modern quantum mechanics. In characteristically unencumbered terms, Dudek shows how this revolutionary philosophy, the invention of thinkers from Ioanian Greek trading cities, has been consistently misrepresented and resisted. Atomism nevertheless marks the transition from primitive mythological thinking (mythos) to the abstract, concept-based rationality (logos) that informs our modern approach to an ultimately unknowable reality.
Identified by Wynne Francis as Canadas first man of letters, Dudek once again ventures into new intellectual territory and reveals the underpinnings of his own remarkable cultural, social, and economic thought.
If anyone could make the Ionian skeptics palatable to a generation raised on music and television, it’s Louis Dudek.
...the highlight is ... 39 fragments from the pre-Socratics that Dudek astutely describes as reading ‘like a philosophical poem.’
...includes the thesis that the scientific conception of the universe ... is the most advanced stage of religious evolution.
Author Louis Dudek
Louis Dudek, born in Montreal, was educated both at McGill and Columbia University. In New York, as a young poet, he corresponded extensively with Ezra Pound. Back in Montreal, he joined the McGill faculty, where his lectures on literature became legendary. In combination with other key figures in the first and second waves of Canadian poetic modernism, he commenced many of the most important small magazines and literary presses of the mid-century. As a writer, critic, and cultural observer, his career was dedicated to ongoing intellectual and artistic discussion. In the years before his death in 2001, Dudek was justly identified as Canadas premier man of letters.
The Birth of Reason, Louis Dudek, 111 pp., 5 1/4 x 9, Belles Lettres, December 1994
ISBN: 978-0-919688-41-4 (paper). . .$12.95
ISBN: 978-0-919688-43-8, (hardcover) . . . $26.95
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