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The Consolation of Ontology: On the Substantial and Nonsubstantial Models

The Consolation of Ontology: On the Substantial and Nonsubstantial Models (Hardback)

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In the Consolation of Ontology, Czech poet-philosopher Egon Bondy examines the substantial model of reality - the notion that there is some sort of substance, some "thing", idea, being, or principle that creates, underlies, transcends, or gives meaning to the universe in which we live. He shows how the substantial model, in both its theistic and mechanical materialist versions, is logically untenable and dangerous in its consequences. From there, Bondy shows how the nonsubstantial alternative - prefigured in the thinking of cultures that developed independently of Greece - is simpler and more logically consistent. More importantly, it is free from the negative consequences of the substantial model and instead opens the way toward genuine human freedom, creativity, and responsibility, toward a corresponding and supportive form of social organization, and toward an unclouded understanding of ontological reality. Previously untranslated, the book asks that we leave behind comfortable assumptions and understand how the struggles for a genuinely human future and for ontological clarity presuppose each other and are mutually interdependent.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryPhilosophy: metaphysics & ontology Publisher: Lexington Books Publication Date: 30/07/2001 ISBN-13: 9780739102541  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Zybnek Fi?er, pen name Egon Bondy, is one of the best known anti-establishment, underground writers in Czechoslovakia. The author of over 40 volumes of poetry, novels, plays, essays, and books, Bondy has had significant influence in the lives of two generations of Czech writers and continues to work against Soviet-style state socialism, "globalism," and consumerism. Benjamin B. Page, is Professor of Philosophy at Quinnipiac University. He is the editor of Four Summers: A Czech Kaleidoscope (1994) and Marxism and Spirituality (1993).

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