Man and Nature: The Spiritual Crisis in Modern Man
This is a spiritual tour de force which explores the relationship between Man and Nature as found in Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, particularly its Sufi dimension.
Paperback, 151 pages
Published April 17th 2003 by Kazi Publications
(first published 1976)
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The author made many points I agreed with. He was insightful, he drew together some arguments which I found provocative and inspiring. Nonetheless, the book was tinged with a sexism I found repugnant, and it repeated itself in a dead sort of way. Considering that he was defending life and nature, he was terribly dry. I love John Scotus Erigena and many of the other people he talked about, but his analysis was too shallow and a result of his own biases. Still, there is definitely something to be...more
This book by Seyyed Hossein Nasr consists of four chapters based on his lectures delivered at the University of Chicago in 1966. Although it has been written decades ago, most of its content can be applied to today's environmental crisis. In other words, when you read this book, you wouldn't think, for the most part, that it is based on lectures given decades ago. His overall objective in this book is to show that to solve our environmental problems, we need to revive our metaphysical and spirit...more
His key arguments weave the loose, loose because unrecognized, threads between the philosophic heritage of the West and the preservation of, especially Aristotelian ideas, in Islamic schools of thought throughout the Middle Ages. Very informative with a rich bibliography, Nasr keeps alive the fundamental relationship between metaphysical understanding and scientific investigation, a bridge so many in the West have burnt up.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr was born on April 7, 1933 (19 Farvadin 1312 A.H. solar) in Tehran into a family of distinguished scholars and physicians. His father, Seyyed Valiallah, a man of great learning and piety, was a physician to the Iranian royal family, as was his father before him. The name "Nasr" which means "victory" was conferred on Professor Nasr's grandfather by the King of Persia. Nasr also c...moreMore about Seyyed Hossein Nasr...