The Rediscovery of Man: A Memoir and a Methodology of Modern Life

The Rediscovery of Man: A Memoir and a Methodology of Modern Life

The Rediscovery of Man: A Memoir and a Methodology of Modern Life

The Rediscovery of Man: A Memoir and a Methodology of Modern Life

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The purpose of this book is to suggest a method for living in the modern world -- not an exclusive or dogmatic method, but one which will move the reader toward developing his own. Since it claims no uncommon revelation of "truth," it must for its credentials fall back on the experience of the man who writes the book. Thus, at once, the search for method leads to the domain of the memoir -- not of the anecdotal, episodic sort which crowds the foreground of memoirs, but rather of a life recording its stages by the ideas which have moved it. My book can claim general appropriateness and use only because it is a personal record. This the reader should know, in order to understand why a volume containing history is not a history; why a book discussing psychology and esthetics is not strictly a psychology or a philosophy.

The scholarship in the book is as accurate as feasible study and scrutiny could make it; but this is not a book of scholarship nor is scholarship its initial base or aim. Any work in the learned fields, to be respectable, must trace a certain curve completely, with every sector following what comes before. Here, the unity is first the intellectual and spiritual experience of an individual, whose shared ground with the reader is their common epoch, their common problems, their common peril. This means there are gaps in the . . .

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