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G. K. Chesterton: Thinking Backward, Looking Forward [Hardcover]

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Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.28" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.97"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 22, 2007
Publisher   Templeton Foundation Press
Age  18
ISBN  1599471043  
EAN  9781599471044  


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G. K. Chesterton, early twentieth-century essayist, poet, novelist, political campaigner, and theologian, philosophized greatly about society and the future. A study of his thinking and selected writings, with particular reference to his status as a precursor of the genre later known as "science fiction," enriches our understanding of how we came to be where we are and how we can advocate a better future. In this book, Stephen R. L. Clark, a philosopher with a lifelong "addiction" to science fiction, explores Chesterton's ideas and arguments in their historical context and evaluates them philosophically. He addresses Chesterton's sense that the way things are is not how they must have been or need be in the future, and his willingness to face up to the apparent effects of the nihilism he detected in the science and politics of his day. Clark offers a detailed study of some of Chesterton's works that have been identified by science fiction writers and critics as seminal influences. He attempts to deal with some of Chesterton's theories that have been found offensive or "positively wicked" by later writers and critics, including his arguments against female suffrage and in praise of war, his medievalist leanings, and his contemptuous rejection of Darwinian evolutionary theory.

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G. K. Chesterton, early twentieth-century essayist, poet, novelist, political campaigner and theologian, philosophised greatly about society and the future. A study of his thinking and selected writings, with particular reference to his status as a precursor of the genre later known as science fiction, enriches our understanding of how we came to be where we are and how we can advocate a better future. In this book, Stephen R. L. Clark, explores Chesterton's ideas and arguments in their historical context and evaluates them philosophically. He addresses Chesterton's sense that the way things are is not how they must have been or need be in the future and his willingness to face up to the apparent effects of the nihilism he detected in the science and politics of his day. Clark offers a detailed study of some of Chesterton's works that have been identified by science fiction writers and critics as seminal influences.

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Stephen R. L. Clark is professor of philosophy and Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, England. He received his D Phil from Oxford in 1973. Dr. Clark served as chief editor at the Journal of Applied Philosophy for eleven years and is now a member of its editorial board, as well as serving on the boards of Religious Studies and the Cambridge University Press series New Studies in Christian Ethics. Well known for his interest both in religion and science fiction, he has lectured widely in the U.S. and the U.K. He has authored more than sixty scholarly articles, contributed chapters to seventy-five books, edited one book, and written fourteen others, including: The Mysteries of Religion, Civil Peace and Sacred Order, How to Live Forever, Animals and their Moral Standing, and Biology and Christian Ethics. His main work at present is with the ethics and psychology of the philosopher Plotinus.

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Stephen R. L. Clark has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Liverpool University of Liverpool, UK University of Live.

Stephen R. L. Clark has published or released items in the following series...
  1. New Studies in Christian Ethics


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the complex outlook and ideas of this English author  Jan 30, 2007
A late Victorian-era/early modern age author/thinker, some of whose writings were precursors to science fiction and others which are seen as reactionary and in some cases bigoted and narrow-minded, G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) is impossible to categorize. And Clark doesn't try. Rather than attempt to give a coherent, rational perspective of the prolific English author--an inevitably procrustean effort--Clark critiques many of Chesterton's diverse writings. Not only something of an exegesis of these writings, the critiques also entail putting them in a social context, noting their influence, and explaining what was controversial or provocative about them. Clark does not go so far as to be an apologist, but gives some background for a broader view of Chesterton's seemingly outdated and sometimes offensive opinions and remarks which have been called anti-Semitic, misogynistic, and anti-Darwin. As Clark--an English professor of philosophy--shows, all of Chesterton's writings and ideas, inspiring as well as irksome, grew out of his ingrained, vital, immense optimism. This optimism not only aroused him to be sharply critical of contemporary influences such as nihilism and science and progressive social developments such a women's suffrage and relativism, but also gave him a vision of ideal, desirable conditions for humanity.
 

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