Aging and the Art of Living by Jan Baars

By Jan Baars

In this deeply thought of meditation on getting older in Western tradition, Jan Baars argues that, in today’s international, dwelling longer doesn't unavoidably suggest dwelling greater. He contends that there was an total lack of admire for getting older, to the purpose that knowing and "dealing with" getting older humans has develop into a method fascinated with the decline of capability and the improvement of sickness instead of at the accumulation of knowledge and the construction of latest talents.

To make his case, Baars compares and contrasts the works of such modern-era thinkers as Foucault, Heidegger, and Husserl with the idea of Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Cicero, and different old and Stoic philosophers. He indicates how humans within the classical period—less in a position to keep watch over future health hazards—had a more robust feel of the provisional nature of residing, which ended in a philosophical and non secular emphasis on cultivating the paintings of residing and the belief of knowledge. this isn't to claim that glossy society’s checks of getting older are insignificant, yet they do have to stability an emphasis at the measuring of age with the concept that of "living in time."

Gerontologists, philosophers, and scholars will locate Baars' dialogue to be a strong, perceptive dialog starter.

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