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Man and Nature: The Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man

This book by Seyyed Hossein Nasr consists of four chapters based on his lectures delivered at the University of Chicago in 1966. Although it has been written decades ago, most of its content can be applied to today’s environmental crisis. In other words, when you read this book, you wouldn’t think, for the most part, […]

  • Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  • 0-04-440620-7
  • Unwin Paperbacks
Man and Nature: The Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man
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Man and Nature: The Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man
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    This book by Seyyed Hossein Nasr consists of four chapters based on his lectures delivered at the University of Chicago in 1966. Although it has been written decades ago, most of its content can be applied to today's environmental crisis. In other words, when you read this book, you wouldn't think, for the most part, that it is based on lectures given decades ago. His overall objective in this book is to show that to solve our environmental problems, we need to revive our metaphysical and spiritual understanding of nature. Subsequently, we should place ourselves in the bigger cosmological picture and instead of trying to dominate nature, work with nature and attain harmony with it. Nasr draws a historical line to show how we got to where we are now; how we gradually lost our metaphysical and spiritual understanding of nature and its significance in the cosmological picture. He emphasizes on the existence of a hierarchy of knowledge based on the existence of a hierarchy of reality. Material and physical understanding of nature covers only one plane of existence, and for him, we must advance vertically instead of horizontally to be able to bridge our material understanding of the world with the overall metaphysical reality of it. This book isn't a scientific book. If you are used to reading science books with academic citations and references to scientific journals or investigations, you will most likely find this book lacking. This book is meant to make you curious to look for a different perspective or approach to reality. It is a relatively small book, so its effectiveness is questionable and depends on how receptive you already are to such ideas.

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    • Seyyed Hossein Nasr
    • 0-04-440620-7
    • Unwin Paperbacks
    • 1990
    • First
    • U.S.A.
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