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The Desolation of Reality

William R. Brashear

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ISBN 10: 0820427357 / ISBN 13: 9780820427355
Published by Peter Lang, New York, 1995
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This title was published as part of the American University Studies, Series V, Philosophy Vol. 174; Shiny blue paper over boards with white titles; An as new copy; 97 pages. Size: 6"x9". Bookseller Inventory # CZ15013

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Title: The Desolation of Reality

Publisher: Peter Lang, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

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In the temper of Pascal and Unamuano, this is an original study in perspective and what the author refers to as the «ultimate frame of reference» - the infinite backdrop to all that is and seems. In the context of this always receding periphery Brashear sets and appraises the human condition and views in this widest of perspectives two of the most prominent notions or fictions influencing the course and evolution of «civilized order», namely the «pursuit of freedom» and «the pursuit of happiness». Against the emptiness of the desolation to which this probing leads he recommends that the wise man wear mental bifocals, looking alternately at the near and at the far, and that he adopt a stance of «tragic humanism» in which man's absolute insignificance is acknowledged but not accepted.

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The Author: William R. Brashear is senior partner in a Detroit area law firm. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. in English Literature from Princeton University where he was a Fellow of the Council of the Humanities. He has published The Living Will: A Study of Tennyson and Nineteenth-Century Subjectivism and The Gorgon's Head: A Study in Tragedy and Despair, the latter described by The Sewanee Review as «a paradigm of centrality and profundity».

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