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“As a man thinks, so is he.” Personally, and socially, so is he. Yet if this is true, then "as a man thinks" has led us into the thick of global crisis. What exactly is it, about our thinking, that fails us? What has gone so wrong? There are firm reasons why we may hope for new direction. Above all, we have a new view of the connectedness of all things. Never before has this encompassed so much. It makes a crucial difference to philosophy. Secondly, when we recast philosophy’s high-level concepts in more concrete terms, it becomes possible to discuss them without confusion. This is the method of this book. There is much of interest for the theologian, too. Legendary film director Ingmar Bergman once wrote, “What will happen to us who want to believe, but can not?” His “can not” had to do with what Prof. Karen Barad calls the “hegemony of physics”. Everything, Briefly details why it is impossible, in fact, to believe in a closed universe of cause and effect.
Part II Personal Ethics
Part III Public Ethics
Part IV Science and Math
Part V Classics
Part VI The Ultimate
“In a world where philosophy is too often narrowly defined, Everything, Briefly
is a work of amazing breadth and ambition. Presenting a view that is
holistic, interconnected, relational and boundless, it seeks to re-shape
our thinking about meaning, language, ethics and religion, challenging
many of our assumptions and setting out an entirely new metaphysics." —Dr. Mel Thompson, Doctor of Philosophy, and best-selling author of forty books.
"Thomas Scarborough's Everything, Briefly is wide-ranging and very engaging. It is refreshing, after so much work in analytic philosophy that is narrow is scope and highly technical, to see someone take on the project of constructing a panoramic metaphysic."—Prof. Christian B. Miller, Professor of Philosophy, author of The Character Gap. Director or co-direcor of the Character Project, Beacon Project, and Honesty Project, together awarded US$ 14 million grants.
“Your ability to expose the unexamined ‘truths’ and unexamined assumptions that shape our worldview is invaluable. Perhaps its most valuable contribution is the creation of a ‘table’ where all can come, sit, discuss, and identify what we have in common and brings us together rather than what divides us. You help us see the forest for the trees and to value the mystery of the connections between us and the ideas that have emerged over centuries."—Mailin Young, US and Europe InterVarsity Director of Leadership Development, a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.
author has provided an important resource material for those interested
in metaphysics. It is new, fresh and engaging. A must read for the
year!”—Prof. Samuel Waje Kunhiyop, Professor of Theology, a notable
African theologian and churchman, author of African Christian
Theology and African Christian Ethics.
“This book will be a terrific help to all of us. You explain well our
presence in and familiarity with the muddy physical reality, and then
open the door to the fuller reality of metaphysics, which we remembered,
perhaps even craved, all along. We had excluded ourselves from that
home by the choice of freedom from moral values, meaning, and purpose
found in the interplay between facts and meaning.”—Prof. Udo Middelmann, Professor of Philosophy, theologian and author, President of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation.
“What are we doing here? Everything, Briefly gives us a new perspective on the journey that life is, starting with an examination of the basics -- What is Real? -- then looking at language and its blind spots, and how that relates to our thinking; and taking us through ethics, science, mathematics, and the classics; and finally to places of deep meaning -- religion and metaphysics. If you want to examine your life, Everything, Briefly can give you a place to start.”—Jill Hacker, author of multiple math titles in the USA, including preparatory guides for ACT, LSAT, and CLEP exams.