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

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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 the 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: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Series: Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 401

Table of Contents

Prologue 1
Pt. I History, Ethnicity and Destiny 33
Ch. 1 Ethnic Appellations and Conflicts 35
Ch. 2 Africa, India, and Central America 49
Ch. 3 Modernity and Postmodernity 117
Ch. 4 African History and Destiny 137
Ch. 5 Destinicity and Struggles 177
Ch. 6 Destinicity and Social Issues 207
Pt. II Evolution: Biological and Robotic 261
Ch. 7 Manohar A. Tilak's Theory 263
Ch. 8 An Outline of the Evoluon Theory 279
Ch. 9 Evoluon Theory and Philosophy 295
Epilogue 315
App.A New Postulate on the General Theory of Evolution, Evolvability, Direct Phase Evolution, Evoluon, and Rate of Evolutionary Change 323
App.B The Evoluon Theory: A General Unified Theory of Evolution 335
Notes 353
Selected Bibliography 365
Index 379
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