By Jan Baars
In this deeply thought of meditation on getting older in Western tradition, Jan Baars argues that, in today’s global, dwelling longer doesn't unavoidably suggest residing higher. He contends that there was an total lack of recognize for getting older, to the purpose that knowing and "dealing with" getting older humans has develop into a strategy excited about the decline of capability and the development of sickness instead of at the accumulation of knowledge and the construction of latest abilities.
To make his case, Baars compares and contrasts the works of such modern-era thinkers as Foucault, Heidegger, and Husserl with the concept of Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Cicero, and different old and Stoic philosophers. He exhibits how humans within the classical period—less in a position to keep watch over overall healthiness hazards—had an improved experience of the provisional nature of residing, which ended in a philosophical and non secular emphasis on cultivating the artwork of residing and the belief of knowledge. this isn't to claim that sleek society’s tests 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 robust, perceptive dialog starter.
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Aging and the Art of Living by Jan Baars