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Author Šafařík, Josef, author

Title Seven letters to Melin : essays on the soul, science, art and mortality / Josef Šafařík
Published Prague : Charles University in Prague, Karolinum Press, [2020]


Description 1 online resource
Series Václav Havel series
Václav Havel series.
Contents Cover -- Contents -- 1 -- Suicide -- 2 -- Crayfish March -- 3 -- From the Surface to the Inside -- 4 -- The Tightrope Walker Over the Void -- 5 -- The Tightrope Walker's Safety Ropes -- 6 -- The Tightrope Walker Gets Vertigo -- 7 -- The Tightrope Walker Dances -- Bibliography -- Part-Written Letter to Melin (Ivan M. Havel) -- Afterword (David Drozd)
Summary Seven Letters to Melin is an exploration of man's alienation from nature--and from himself--in the modern technological age. Conceived as a series of letters to Melin, an engineer who believes in the value of science and technical progress, the book grows skeptical of such endeavors, while also examining mankind's search for meaning in life. To help uncover this meaning, Šafařík posits a dichotomy between spectator and participant. The role of participant is played by Robert, an artist who has committed suicide. The spectator, embodied by the scientist Melin, views the world from a distance and searches for explanations, while the artist-participant creates the world through his own active engagement. Through these exchanges, Šafařík argues for the primacy of artistic creativity over scientific explanation, of truth over accuracy, of internal moral agency over an externally imposed social morality, and of personal religious belief over organized church-going. Šafařík is neither anti-scientific nor anti-rational; however, he argues that science has limited power, and he rejects the idea of science that denies meaning and value to what cannot be measured or calculated. Šafařík's critiques of technology, the wage economy, and increased professionalization make him an important precursor to the philosophy of deep ecology. This book was also a major influence on the Czech president Václav Havel; in this new translation it will find a fresh cohort of readers interested in what makes us human
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on January 08, 2021)
Subject Meaning (Philosophy)
sciences (philosophy)
Meaning (Philosophy)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9788024647012