Saturday Book Review: “The Pursuit of Wisdom”

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The Pursuit of Wisdom

by Dean Chavooshian

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478743255

Synopsis:

Like many, I have given the origin and meaning of life a great deal of thought in an effort to live it fully-with grace and intelligence. In the process, I discovered that theological/philosophical discussions on reality are empty without the consideration of scientific inquiry as they inform each other on the nature of human existence. We can benefit immensely from the great minds chronicled in this book that have dramatically changed the world and helped man imagine himself in it-leading to one’s own self-discovery. DISCOVER In Theology: (1) Is the soul immortal? Is reincarnation possible? (2) Islam’s holiest shrine in Mecca was built by the founding father of the Jewish nation. (3) How one man uprooted 1500 years of Roman Catholic domination with a simple document. In Philosophy: (1) Is the world pre-determined with orderly harmony or governed by man’s free will? (2) Is knowledge gained solely from experience and reasoning-or is it innate? (3) How the self-awareness of existentialism allows one to live an authentic life. (4) How 9th century Muslim scholars contributed to the foundation of modern civilization. In Science: (1) What makes all physical matter stable? How does matter reproduce itself? (2) Isaac Newton described gravity’s effect, but it was Einstein who showed how it originated. (3) Did man evolve or was he created? (4) The search for a unifying theoretical basis of all the sciences. SEE: thepursuitofwisdom.net.

Critique:

As informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking, “”The Pursuit of Wisdom: A Chronological Inquiry of the World’s Most Influential Seekers of Wisdom In the Fields of Theology, Philosophy and Science” is an extraordinary and occasionally iconoclastic read from beginning to end. While strongly recommended for community, college, and university library collections, it should be noted for students and non-specialist readers with an interest in philosophy, theology, and science, that “The Pursuit of Wisdom” is also available in a paperback edition (9781478743255, $16.95) and in a Kindle format ($4.99).

reviewed on The Philosophy Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

An amazing amount of information and research of the greatest minds in history on Philosophy, Theology and Science. Each chapter provided clear and concise information and, in some cases, piqued my interest enough to want to explore additional readings suggested by the author. I feel this book would appeal, not only to those with little or no knowledge in these subjects, but, also, to those well versed in these fields as well. The book truly is the first step in “the pursuit of wisdom”.

– Amazon Reviewer B. Sitner

Concise descriptions of the ideas of 83 leading figures in the history of theology, philosophy and science. The subjects range from Abraham and Moses to Francis Crick and Martin Luther King, with stops along the way to consider individuals as diverse as Sun Tzu, Al-Ghazali, Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton, and David Hume. Obviously, no subject is considered in the depth that would satisfy an expert but no one can be an expert on all the subjects discussed. In each case the author briefly describes the life and times of subject and then describes the subject’s central ideas, making liberal use of the subject’s own words. The author does not try to debunk, minimize or exaggerate his subject’s contributions and treats all with due respect. One cannot read this book without reflecting on the common intellectual heritage of all mankind.

– Amazon Reviewer W.R. Stern

 


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