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The Birth of Reason

by Louis Dudek

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list price: $29.95
edition:Hardcover
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category: Philosophy
published: Nov 1994
ISBN:9780919688438
publisher: DC Books
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In The Birth of Reason Louis Dudek establishes the link between ancient pre-Socratic Atomism and modern quantum mechanics. In characteristically unencumbered terms, Dudek shows how this revolutionary philosophy, the invention of thinkers from Ioanian Greek trading cities, has been consistently misrepresented and resisted. Atomism nevertheless marks the transition from primitive mythological thinking (mythos) to the abstract, concept-based rationality (logos) that informs our modern approach to an ultimately unknowable reality.
This essay "is a kind of summation of myself — gnothi seautón.... I am neither a materialist nor a theist, really, nor am I altogether an agnostic. As I say in [the] essay, 'the ultimate reality is unknowable,' but I am sure that if it were knowable it would satisfy both the materialist and the theist, and much more that we cannot imagine."
Identified by Wynne Francis as Canada's first "man of letters," Dudek once again ventures into new intellectual territory — and reveals the underpinnings of his own remarkable cultural, social, and economic thought.

About the Author

Louis Dudek

Louis Dudek was one of Canada’s most important and influential cultural workers. After gaining his PhD from Columbia University, Dudek in 1951 returned from New York to Montreal, the city of his birth, to take up a position as professor of English at McGill. Dudek’s return to Canada marked the beginning of his efforts to revolutionize the Montreal poetry scene through little magazines and small-press publishing, providing alternatives to commercial presses and opportunities for talented young poets. In 1956 he started The McGill Poetry Series, which gave a start to several young poets, including Leonard Cohen. The author of numerous books of poetry, Louis Dudek died in 2001.

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Louis Dudek, born in Montreal, was educated both at McGill and Columbia University. In New York, as a young poet, he corresponded extensively with Ezra Pound. Back in Montreal, he joined the McGill faculty, where his lectures on literature became legendary. In combination with other key figures in the first and second waves of Canadian poetic modernism, he commenced many of the most important small magazines and literary presses of the mid-century. As a writer, critic, and cultural observer, his career was dedicated to ongoing intellectual and artistic discussion. In the years before his death in 2001, Dudek was justly identified as Canada's premier man of letters.

Editorial Reviews

"If anyone could make the Ionian skeptics palatable to a generation raised on music and television, it's Louis Dudek."
— The Ottawa Citizen
"...the highlight is ... 39 fragments from the pre-Socratics that Dudek astutely describes as reading 'like a philosophical poem.'"
— The Montreal Gazette
"...includes the thesis that the scientific conception of the universe ... is the most advanced stage of religious evolution."
— Canadian Book Review Annual


“If anyone could make the Ionian skeptics palatable to a generation raised on music and television, it’s Louis Dudek.”

— The Ottawa Citizen

“...the highlight is ... 39 fragments from the pre-Socratics that Dudek astutely describes as reading ‘like a philosophical poem.’”

— The Montreal Gazette

“...includes the thesis that the scientific conception of the universe ... is the most advanced stage of religious evolution.”

— Canadian Book Review Annual

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