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The Book of Twos: The Power of Contrasts, Polarities, and Contradictions

Joseph A. Amato ; [foreword by Dana Yost]
Format
Book
Published
Granite Falls, Minnesota : Ellis Press, [2015]
Language
English
Variant Title
Book of 2s
ISBN
9780944024669, 0944024661
Summary
"In fascinating detail, Amato explores how the concept of twos--contrasts, comparisons, polarities, dualities and contradictions--has been fundamental to human thought from infant development to national identities. In Amato's telling, two becomes, literally, who we are. His wide-ranging mind ranges across history, religion, art, philosophy, war, politics, and language. The book devotes significant space to essential figures who've considered those topics at length: Montaigne, William James and Isaiah Berlin. Here, too, are Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Dostoevsky, and Freud."--Publisher's website.
Contents
  • Introduction: Of twos I sing
  • Surfaces and depths, the plenum and plethora of things
  • Then, and then again
  • Ontological divisions
  • Language, metaphor, and meaning
  • Self and other
  • Politics and judging twos
  • Montaigne's contradictory man
  • The selves of William James
  • God : and ones and twos
  • The contradicting god of history, and the paradoxical lord of hope
  • Conclusion: Minding and mending our twos.
Description
318 pages ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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