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In fascinating detail, Amato explores how the concept of twos--contrasts, comparisons, polarities, dualities and contradictions--has been fundamental to human thought from infant development to national identities. In Amato's telling, two becomes, literally, who we are. His wide-ranging mind ranges across history, religion, art, philosophy, war, politics, and language. His book devotes significant space to essential figures who have considered those topics at length: Montaigne, William James, Isaiah Berlin. Here too are Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Dostoevsky, and Freud. Here too is language, especially analogy and metaphor, as used by poets, rhetoricians, politicians, and historians. Twos show us good, they show us evil. They lead to great art, they lead to atrocity. They lead from simple comparisons to complex civilizations. They lead to contemplative faith and ground-breaking science.
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Joseph A. Amato is a noted teacher, public speaker, scholar, and the author of more than twenty books. He is a retired history professor at Southwest Minnesota State University, where he founded and chaired the History and Social Sciences Department and directed the Center for Rural and Regional Studies. He is a leading practitioner in the fields of intellectual and cultural history, and local and regional history, where he is an innovator in understanding place and the transformation of everyday life.
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Book Description Ellis Press, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0944024661