Evolution, History, and Destiny: Letters to Alain Locke (1886-1954) and Others (Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory) / Edition 1

Evolution, History, and Destiny: Letters to Alain Locke (1886-1954) and Others (Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory) / Edition 1

by Johnny Washington
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820449709

ISBN-13: 9780820449708

Pub. Date: 01/01/2001

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

Presented in an epistolary form addressed mainly to the African American philosopher Alain Locke (1886-1954), evolution, history and destiny constitute the main themes of this book. Destiny, the controlling theme, is defined as an ideal of transcendent unity toward which a people strives in successive generations. Destiny includes four modalities: the ethnic,

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Presented in an epistolary form addressed mainly to the African American philosopher Alain Locke (1886-1954), evolution, history and destiny constitute the main themes of this book. Destiny, the controlling theme, is defined as an ideal of transcendent unity toward which a people strives in successive generations. Destiny includes four modalities: the ethnic, the national, the world, and the cosmic. Destiny is both immanent and transcendent, the one pertaining to the actual world, the other, to the ideal world. Part I focuses on the first three modalities, devoting special attention to the ethnic experiences of Africans/African Americans, their history, identity, and appellations, including «African American,» «Black,» «Negritude» and the novel appellation, «Africantude.» Although focusing on the experiences of Africans and African Americans, the destiny model is applicable to all people. Another novel term explored is «Destinicity,» a synthesis of both the destiny and ethnic ideals of a people. In Part II, the emphasis is on the collaborative works of the author and Dr. Manohar A. Tilak, a chemist. Here the cosmic mode, the physical-biological universe, is described as having undergone unique phases of evolution: robotic evolution is now occurring and will give rise to new artificial «beings» to which Destinicity ethics are applicable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820449708
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Series:
Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
401
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue1
Pt. IHistory, Ethnicity and Destiny33
Ch. 1Ethnic Appellations and Conflicts35
Ch. 2Africa, India, and Central America49
Ch. 3Modernity and Postmodernity117
Ch. 4African History and Destiny137
Ch. 5Destinicity and Struggles177
Ch. 6Destinicity and Social Issues207
Pt. IIEvolution: Biological and Robotic261
Ch. 7Manohar A. Tilak's Theory263
Ch. 8An Outline of the Evoluon Theory279
Ch. 9Evoluon Theory and Philosophy295
Epilogue315
App.ANew Postulate on the General Theory of Evolution, Evolvability, Direct Phase Evolution, Evoluon, and Rate of Evolutionary Change323
App.BThe Evoluon Theory: A General Unified Theory of Evolution335
Notes353
Selected Bibliography365
Index379

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