The Patterns of the Present: Interpreting the Authority of Form

The Patterns of the Present: Interpreting the Authority of Form

by George Allan


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ISBN-13: 9780791451649
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 11/28/2001
Series: SUNY Series in Philosophy Series
Pages: 323
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

George Allan is Professor of Philosophy at Dickinson College and Past President of the Metaphysical Society of America. Author of the other books in the trilogy, The Importances of the Past: A Meditation on the Authority of Tradition, The Realizations of the Future: An Inquiry into the Authority of Praxis, both published by SUNY Press, he has also most recently written Rethinking College Education, finalist for the 1999 Ness Prize, Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Table of Contents


Tier 7. Structure

7.1 Foundations
7.2 Ideals
7.3 Systems
7.4 Organisms
7.5 Selves
7.6 Worlds
7.7 Histories

Tier 6. Hierarchy

6.1 Nested Contexts
6.2 Ultimate Contexts
6.3 Organismic Individuals
6.4 Persons
6.5 Original Contexts
6.6 Final Context

Tier 5. Duration

5.1 Stabilizing Variation
5.2 Maximizing Fitness
5.3 Interpreting Human Nature
5.4 Making Civil Society
5.5 Reconciling Histories

Tier 4. Virtue

4.1 Character
4.2 Creativity
4.3 Commitment
4.4 Collaboration

Tier 3. Standard

3.1 Life
3.2 Liberty
3.3 Autonomy

Tier 2. Polarity

2.1 One and Many
2.2 First and Last

Tier 1. Apex

1.1 The Pyramid

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