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Series: World Perspectives

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Accent on form; an anticipation of the science of tomorrow by Lancelot Law Whyte2
Recovery of faith by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan4
World Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for All by Konrad Adenauer5
Society and Knowledge by V. Gordon Childe6
The Transformations of Man by Lewis Mumford7
Man and Materialism by Fred Hoyle8
Matter, mind and man; the biology of human nature by Edmund W. Sinnott11
Man's Western Quest: The Principles of Civilization by Denis de Rougemont13
American humanism: its meaning for world survival by Howard Mumford Jones14
The meeting of love and knowledge: perennial wisdom by Martin Cyril D'Arcy15
Rich Lands and Poor: The Road to World Prosperity by Gunnar Myrdal16
Art and Reality by Joyce Cary20
Sigmund Freund's mission : an analysis of his personality and influence by Erich Fromm21
Mirage of Health: Utopias, Progress & Biological Change by Rene Dubos22
Issues of Freedom: Paradoxes and Promises by Herbert J. Muller23
Humanism: the Greek ideal and its survival by Moses Hadas24
Life, Its Dimensions and Its Bounds by Robert M. MacIver25
Challenge of Psychical Research: A Primer of Parapsychology (World Perspectives) by Gardner Murphy26
Alfred North Whitehead; his reflections on man and nature by Alfred North Whitehead27
The age of nationalism; the first era of global history by Hans Kohn28
Voices of Man The Meaning and Function of Language by Mario Pei29
New Paths in Biology by Adolf Portmann30
Realism in Our Time by Lukacs G32
The Meaning of the 20th Century: The Great Transition by Kenneth E. Boulding34
On Economic Knowledge by Adolph Lowe35
Caliban Reborn: Renewal in Twentieth-Century Music by Wilfrid Mellers36
Through the Vanishing Point: Space in Poetry and Painting by Marshall McLuhan37
The Revolution of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology by Erich Fromm38
Emergency Exit by Ignazio Silone39
Marxism and the Existentialists by Raymond Aron40
Physical Control of the Mind: Toward a Psychocivilized Society by Jose M.R. Delgado41
On Caring by Milton Mayeroff43
Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich44
Revolution through peace by Dom Helder Camara45
Man unfolding (World perspectives, v. 46) by Jonas Salk46
Tools for Conviviality by Ivan Illich47
Evil and World Order by William Irwin Thompson49
To Have or to Be? by Erich Fromm50
Hope and History, an Exploration by Morton Smith54

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It is the thesis of World Perspectives that man is in the process of developing a new consciousness which, in spite of his apparent spiritual and moral captivity, can eventually lift the human race above and beyond the fear, ignorance, and isolation which beset it today. It is to this nascent consciousness, to this concept of man born out of a universe perceived through a fresh vision of reality, that World Perspectives is dedicated.

Man has entered a new era of evolutionary history, one in which rapid change is a dominant consequence. He is contending with a fundamental change, since he has intervened in the evolutionary process. He must now better appreciate this fact and then develop the wisdom to direct the process toward his fulfillment rather than toward his destruction. As he learns to apply his understanding of the physical world for practical purposes, he is, in reality, extending his innate capacity and augmenting his ability and his need to communicate as well as his ability to think and to create. And as a result, he is substituting a goal-directed evolutionary process in his struggle against environmental hardship for the slow, but effective, biological evolution which produced modern man through mutation and natural selection. By intelligent intervention in the evolutionary process man has greatly accelerated and greatly expanded the range of his possibilities.

This Series endeavors to point to a reality of which scientific theory has revealed only one aspect. It is the commitment to this reality that lends universal intent to a scientist's most original and solitary thought. By acknowledging this frankly we shall restore science to the great family of human aspirations by which men hope to fulfill themselves in the world community as thinking and sentient beings. For our problem is to discover a principle of differentiation and yet relationship lucid enough to justify and to purify scientific, philosophic and all other knowledge, both cognitive and intuitive, by accepting their interdependence. This is the crisis in consciousness made articulate through the crisis in science. This is the new awakening.

Each volume presents the thought and belief of its author and points to the way in which religion, philosophy, art, science, economics, politics and history may constitute that form of human activity which takes the fullest and most precise account of variousness, possibility, complexity and difficulty. Thus World Perspectives endeavors to define that ecumenical power of the mind and heart which enables man through his mysterious greatness to re-create his life.


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