A Mind's Matter: An Intellectual Autobiography

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Philosopher, physicist, historian, priest--the multifaceted Jaki defies easy categorization. Against the prevailing view that science has discredited and supplanted Christianity, Jaki has dared to argue that only Christian metaphysics could ever have given birth to modern science. Perhaps it is arguing such unfashionable positions that has made this Hungarian-born Benedictine so combative, so willing to challenge intellectual orthodoxy, or perhaps it was a native truculence that attracted him to such retrograde positions. Whatever the reason, Jaki never shrinks from a fight, never strikes his colors, and never gives--or asks for--quarter. And though his bellicosity will irritate, Jaki has not garnered academic laurels by relying on mere polemics: his scholarship, though often eccentric, is deep and thorough. Of course, many readers will see only the strangest of anachronisms in a modern physicist who accepts both the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and the Miracles of Fatima. Yet even skeptics may learn something about modern culture from this account of how one contrary mind learned to wage scholarly war against it. Bryce Christensen
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Book Description Eerdmans Publishing Co June 2002, 2002. Paper Back. Book Condition: New. Stanley Jaki on Stanley Jaki: he writes not ''to satisfy mere curiosity'' but to chart the development of a mind and its course through seventy years of intellectual productivity. Driven by what John Henry Newman calls ''the wild living intellect of man,'' Dr. Jaki spent his first thirty years preparing for what he calls ''the culture war,''in which he would inevitably (and vocationally) offer his gifts to forge intellectual tools for the benefit of others ready to join or cheer the struggle. His cause? To reunite the supernatural with the natural, especially within the academics of scientific thought. Risking repitition for the sake of clarity and truth, he finds the mind's repetitive nature particularly instructive -- ''partly because the same matter, if it truly matters to one's mind, attracts the mind again and again, though with ever new nuances. The mind never works on virgin soil, but encounters everywhere structures already in place. those structures are not dead stones, but living entities. '' 311 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 142415

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