Closure: A Story of Everything

Closure: A Story of Everything

by Hilary Lawson
     
 

Lawson provides a comprehensive look at the history of western thought, the evolution of science and its attempts to provide us with a "theory of everything" and an evaluation of the relativist multiple truths.

Perhaps the first non-realist metaphysics, it brings out the play between our desire to build a thoroughly organized and regulated world, and our

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Lawson provides a comprehensive look at the history of western thought, the evolution of science and its attempts to provide us with a "theory of everything" and an evaluation of the relativist multiple truths.

Perhaps the first non-realist metaphysics, it brings out the play between our desire to build a thoroughly organized and regulated world, and our contrary longing for openness and freedom (Don Cupitt, Emmanuel College Cambridge)

...shows himself to be a latter-day "metaphysician' on a grand scale...a quite astonishing achievement (Alan Montefiore, Balliol College, Oxford)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415011389
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/23/2001
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue
Pt. IThe Structure of Closure1
1An outline framework3
2Systems of closure: body and mind27
3The purpose of closure49
Pt. IILanguage as Closure59
4Language and the world67
5Language and itself77
6The organisation of space89
7Language, truth, and the failure of closure100
Pt. IIIThe Search for Closure: Science, logic, and mathematics117
8The individual and the search for closure133
9The structure of knowledge133
10The closures of science144
11What is the world made of?165
12Strategies for closure177
13The closure of 'closure'187
Pt. IVThe Search for Openness: Art, religion, and the unknown193
14The edge of the world201
15Art and the avoidance of closure205
16Naming the unnameable226
Pt. VThe Politics of Closure249
17The social and political character of personal space251
18Stories of desire258
19The first power relationship266
20Social power relations: repetition and rationality281
21The structure of social control: closures of authority291
22The organisation of society: institutional space305
23Society, change, and dreams of utopia320
Epilogue325
Acknowledgements328
Notes330
Index358

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