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Newton's Sleep : The Two Cultures and the Two Kingdoms - Raymond Tallis

Newton's Sleep

The Two Cultures and the Two Kingdoms

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Published: 27th September 1995
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'Vast in its intellectual scope, it should induce not so much sleep as controversy, whether literary or scientific, philosophical or political. It skims the oceans of academe in a manner accessible to the educated public, informed and cogently argued, stylistically dense...' - Sandra Goldbeck-Wood, British Medical Journal `Tallis can, and frequently does, write extremely well. He also writes with considerable passion...Raymond Tallis, is perhaps best seen as an exceptionally interesting and broad-minded heir to Huxley, preaching the cause of the Church Scientific.' - Richard Webster, Times Literary Supplement Reviews of Not Saussure and The Explicit Animal: Not Saussure - 'I greatly enjoyed it...' - Bernard Bergonzi 'The Explicit Animal - '...his books are genuine contributions to professional debate...' - Stephen R.L. Clarke, Times Literary Supplement Newton's Sleep examines the complementary roles of science and art in human life. Science has been criticised for being at best useful but spiritually derelict, and art for attempting to answer the spiritual needs of humankind while ignoring the material needs of millions who live in want. Newton's Sleep deals with the charges that science is spiritually empty and that art fails in its civilising mission by relating these aspects of human culture to the physical and metaphysical hungers of an explicit animal who lives in both the Kingdom of Means and the Kingdom of Ends. 'Tallis can, and frequently does, write extremely well. He also writes with considerable passion...Tallis...is perhaps best seen as an exceptionally interesting and broad-minded heir to Huxley, preaching the cause of the Church Scientific...' Richard Webster

Acknowledgements - Preface: The Two Cultures and the Two Kingdoms - PART 1: THE USEFULNESS OF SCIENCE - Omnescience - Poets, Scientists and Rainbows - The Eunuch at the Orgy: Reflections on the Significance of F.R. Leavis - 'The Murderousness and Gadgetry of this Age' - Anti-science and Organic Daydreams - Epilogue: The Consequences of Omnescience - PART 2: THE USELESSNESS OF ART - Preface - Misunderstanding Art - The Freezing Coachman: Reflections on Art and Morality - The Myth of Enrichment - Metaphysical Interlude - The Uselessness of Consciousness - The Difficulty of Arrival - Life as a Problem - Art as a Solution - Objections - Conclusion - Epilogue: Art, Science and the Future of Human Consciousness - Notes - Index

ISBN: 9780333606438
ISBN-10: 0333606434
Series: Two Cultures and the Two Kingdoms
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 27th September 1995
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1