Newton's Sleep

Newton's Sleep

by Raymond Tallis
     
 

The most distinctive activities of humankind and the source of its greatest achievements are the scientific investigation of the world and the creation of art. Newton's Sleep examines their complementary roles in contemporary life and defends both against those who assert that science is spiritually empty and inherently dangerous and that art is trivialised by a

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The most distinctive activities of humankind and the source of its greatest achievements are the scientific investigation of the world and the creation of art. Newton's Sleep examines their complementary roles in contemporary life and defends both against those who assert that science is spiritually empty and inherently dangerous and that art is trivialised by a lack of social mission.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312128654
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface: The Two Cultures and the Two Kingdoms
Pt. IThe Usefulness of Science
1Omnescience3
2Poets, Scientists and Rainbows11
3The Eunuch at the Orgy: Reflections on the Significance of F. R. Leavis29
4'The Murderousness and Gadgetry of this Age'42
5Anti-Science and Organic Daydreams55
6Epilogue: The Consequences of Omnescience68
Pt. IIThe Uselessness of Art
Introduction77
7Misunderstanding Art: The Freezing Coachman Reflections on Art and Morality79
8Misunderstanding Art: The Myth of Enrichment94
9Metaphysical Interlude: The Uselessness of Consciousness111
10The Difficulty of Arrival126
Postscript: Art, Science and the Future of Human Consciousness209
Notes and References214
Index255

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