Naïve Readings

One Sure Fact Of Humanity Is That We All Cherish Our Opinions And Will Often Strongly Resist Efforts By Others To Change Them Philosophers And Politicians Have Long Understood This, And Whenever They Have Sought To Get Us To Think Differently They Have Often Resorted To Forms Of Camouflage That Slip Their Unsettling Thoughts Into Our Psyche Without Raising Alarm In This Fascinating Examination Of A Range Of Writers And Thinkers, Ralph Lerner Offers A New Method Of Reading That Detects This Camouflage And Offers A Way Toward Deeper Understandings Of Some Of History S Most Important And Most Concealed Messages Lerner Analyzes An Astonishing Diversity Of Writers, Including Francis Bacon, Benjamin Franklin, Edward Gibbon, Judah Halevi, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Moses Maimonides, And Alexis De Tocqueville He Shows That By Reading Their Words Slowly And Na Vely, With Wide Open Eyes And Special Attention For Moments Of Writing That Become Self Conscious, Impassioned, Or Idiosyncratic, We Can Begin To See A Pattern That Illuminates A Thinker S Intent, New Messages Purposively Executed Through Indirect Means Through These Experimental Readings, Lerner Shows, We Can See A Deep Commonality Across Writers From Disparate Times And Situations, One That Finds Them Artfully Challenging Others To Reject Passivity And Fatalism And Start Thinking Afresh.Naïve Readings

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Naïve Readings
  • Ralph Lerner
  • 22 February 2017
  • 9780226353296

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    In this book Professor Lerner examines and interprets selected writings of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Francis Bacon, Edward Gibbon, Alexis de Tocqueville, and the Jewish philosophers Halevi and Maimonides in a careful and fresh manner His conclusion is stated in the final paragraph of the book What then, finally, do I now detect to be the plain but barely stated message these heterogeneous texts all would promote, not only among their authors immediate contemporaries but also in any who might encounter their words in some unforeseeable time and place Whatever might have been these authors private or public views about divine providence and they assuredly did differ their texts exhibit and enact a noteworthy consensus as regards human providence Passivity and feckless behavior, not to speak of fatalistic acceptance, are rejected out of hand Notwithstanding our limited understanding and finite powers, we are not absolved, individually or collectively, from confronting and mitigating as best we can the difficulties and dangers that life on earth poses to our flourishing One might ...

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