Infinity and Perspective

Infinity and Perspective

by Karsten Harries
     
 

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ISBN-10: 026258218X

ISBN-13: 9780262582186

Pub. Date: 09/09/2002

Publisher: MIT Press

Much postmodern rhetoric, suggests Karsten Harries, can be understood as a symptom of our civilization's discontent, born of regret that we are no longer able to experience our world as a cosmos that assigns us our place. But dissatisfaction with the modern world may also spring from a conviction that modernism has failed to confront the challenge of an inevitably

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Much postmodern rhetoric, suggests Karsten Harries, can be understood as a symptom of our civilization's discontent, born of regret that we are no longer able to experience our world as a cosmos that assigns us our place. But dissatisfaction with the modern world may also spring from a conviction that modernism has failed to confront the challenge of an inevitably open future. Such conviction has frequently led to a critique of modernity's founding heroes.
Challenging that critique, Harries insists that modernity is supported by nothing other than human freedom. But more important to Harries is to show how modernist self-assertion is shadowed by nihilism and what it might mean to step out of that shadow. Looking at a small number of medieval and Renaissance texts, as well as some paintings, he uncovers the threshold that separates the modern from the premodern world. At the same time, he illuminates that other, more questionable threshold,
between the modern and the postmodern.Two spirits preside over the book: Alberti,
the Renaissance author on art and architecture, whose passionate interest in perspective and point of view offers a key to modernity; and Nicolaus Cusanus, the fifteenth-century cardinal, whose work shows that such interest cannot be divorced from speculations on the infinity of God. The title Infinity and
Perspective
connects the two to each other and to the shape of modernity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262582186
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/09/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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