interaction between science, culture, spirituality, religion, and
The quantum, biological, and information revolutions of the
twentieth and twenty-first centuries should have thoroughly changed our view of
reality, yet the old viewpoint based on classical science remains dominant,
reinforcing a notion of a rational, mechanistic world that allows for endless
progress. In practice, this view has promoted much violence among humans.
Basarab Nicolescu heralds a new era, cosmodernity, founded on a contemporary
vision of the interaction between science, culture, spirituality, religion, and
society. Here, reality is plastic and its people are active participants in the
cosmos, and the world is simultaneously knowable and unknowable. Ultimately,
every human recognizes his or her face in the face of every other human being,
independent of his or her particular religious or philosophical beliefs.
Nicolescu notes a new spirituality free of dogmas and looks at quantum physics,
literature, theater, and art to reveal the emergence of a newer, cosmodern
This book is the second of a two-part work that contains papers presented at the 62nd International Congress of Phenomenology, The Forces of the Cosmos and the Ontopoietic Genesis of Life, held in Paris, France, August 2012. It features the work of scholars in such diverse disciplines as biology, anthropology, pedagogy, and psychology who philosophically investigate the cosmic origins of beingness.
Coverage in this second part includes: Communicative Virtues of A-T. Tymieniecka’s Phenomenology of Life, Intentionality of Time and Quantum – Phenomenological Sense of Space, Consciousness of the Cosmos: A Thought Experiment Through Philosophy and Science Fiction, The Cosmos and Bodily Life on Earth Elucidated within the Historicity of Human Existence, Novel as Path - Mamardashvili's Lectures on Proust, and Comments on Max Scheler's Thought and Philosophical Counseling.
Jimena Canales introduces readers to the revolutionary ideas of Einstein and Bergson, describes how they dramatically collided in Paris, and traces how this clash of worldviews reverberated across the twentieth century. She shows how it provoked responses from figures such as Bertrand Russell and Martin Heidegger, and carried repercussions for American pragmatism, logical positivism, phenomenology, and quantum mechanics. Canales explains how the new technologies of the period—such as wristwatches, radio, and film—helped to shape people’s conceptions of time and further polarized the public debate. She also discusses how Bergson and Einstein, toward the end of their lives, each reflected on his rival’s legacy—Bergson during the Nazi occupation of Paris and Einstein in the context of the first hydrogen bomb explosion.
The Physicist and the Philosopher is a magisterial and revealing account that shows how scientific truth was placed on trial in a divided century marked by a new sense of time.