Astronomy and Civilization in the New Enlightenment: Passions of the Skies / Edition 1

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This volume represents the first which interfaces with astronomy as the fulcrum of the sciences. It gives full expression to the human passion for the skies. Advancing human civilization has unfolded and matured this passion into the comprehensive science of astronomy. Advancing science's quest for the first principles of existence meets the ontopoietic generative logos of life, the focal point of the New Enlightenment. It presents numerous perspectives illustrating how the interplay between human beings and the celestial realm has informed civilizational trends. Scholars and philosophers debate in physics and biology, the findings of which are opening a more inclusive, wider picture of the universe. The different models of the universal order and of life here presented, all aiming at the first principles of existence-accord with the phenomenology/ontopoiesis of life within the logos-prompted primogenital stream of becoming and action, which points to a future of progressing culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789048197477
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: Analecta Husserliana Series , #107
  • Edition description: 2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 315
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

The Theme: The Passions of the Skies Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka xi

Section I Astronomy, Science, Philosophy Flourishing in the New Enlightenment

The New Enlightenment: Cosmo-Transcendental Positioning of the Living Being in the Universe Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka 3

On the First Principle of Biology and the Foundation of the Universal Science Attila Grandpierre 19

The Relation Between Man and World Hans Köchler 37

Observers, Freedom, and the Cosmos Subhash Kak 47

The Enchanting Heavens Frances Clynes 61

The Science of Wholeness Menas Kafatos 69

Section II Cosmos Shaping World Views

Meridianae in Italy Béla Kálmán 83

The Cosmological Circumstances and Results of the Anno Domini Invention: Anno Mundi 6000, Great Year, Precession, and End of the World Calculation Sepp Rothwangl 89

Coming of Age Under the Night Sky: The Importance of Astronomy in Shaping Worldviews Stephen P. Cook 99

Medieval Roots of the Modern Cosmology Miklós Maróth 111

Is There Any Fundamental Connection Between Man and the Universe? Vladimir A. Lefebvre 119

Section III Astronomy in the Origins of Culture

Cultural Impacts of Astronomy Stanislaw Iwaniszewski 123

Triadic Insights in Astronomy, Art and Music Norman D. Cook 129

The Social and Spiritual Impact of Sky Lore on Prehistoric Societies in Europe Emília Pásztor 137

Impact of Astronomy in Nepalese Civilization Suresh Bhattarai 145

Impact of Stars on Human Culture Varadaraja Venkata Raman 151

The Contribution of Musical Theory to an Ancient Chinese Concept of the Universe Alice Williamson 167

Cosmopolis: How Astronomy Affects Philosophies of Human Nature and Religion Nancey Murphy 175

Section IV Universe and Life

Mind in the Quantum Universe Henry P. Stapp 189

Why is the Universe Just Right for Life? Paul Davies 199

The Compelling Case for Panspermia Chandra Wickramasinghe 211

Nanobionts and the Size Limit of Life László G. Puskás 225

The Russian Cosmism and the Modern Theory of Complexity: The Comparative Analysis Helena Knyazeva 229

Astrobiology: From Extremophiles in the Solar System to Extraterrestrial Civilizations Joseph Seckbach Julian Chela-Flores 237

Section V The World of Life, Astronomy and the Human Spirit

Astronomy and the Soul Nicholas Campion 249

Rationality and Wonder: From Scientific Cosmology to Philosophy and Theology William R. Stoeger 259

Positive Contribution of Religion to Cosmology Marián Ambrozy 269

Principle of Greatest Happiness Katalin Martinás 277

Astronomy: Brightest and Most Fascinating Shining Path for Mankind Future H. Minoo S.M.T. Bathaee 283

A Theistic Model of Physical Temporality Anthony P. Stone 289

Humanity En Route to the Glorious Unity of Our Universe Ion Soteropoulos 297

Name Index 305

Subject Index 311

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