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The Condition of Man
A study of the development of the personality and the community. With a preface by the author. 16 pages of illustrations.
Paperback, 467 pages
Published March 21st 1973 by Mariner Books
(first published 1973)
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I've always enjoyed Mumford's polymathic free-ranging over intellectual history. It carries a bit of the nostalgic image of the "cultivated scholar giving forth casually while seated by the hearth." Despite the haute style of his pen, he not only demonstrates exceptional familiarity with such a broad range of subjects, but offers surprising, prescient, critical insights - many of which are still eerily relevant today. It is for this reason we can almost pardon him for what appears now to be his...more
I wanted to like this one, because his aim is a noble one, and he believes in incorporating spiritual and psychological insights, so I admire his methodology and presuppositions. He aims high, attempting to cover the history of the West from Rome through W.W. II. But the style, the tone. . . something is wrong. For me, it is too heavy and somewhat pompous. I couldn't finish. Though there were many times I perked up at an insight he had (such as, the modern problem of sex detached from genuine hu...more
Lewis Mumford (October 19, 1895 – January 26, 1990) was an American historian and philosopher of technology and science. Particularly noted for his study of cities and urban architecture, he had a tremendously broad career as a writer that also included a period as an influential literary critic. Mumford was influenced by the work of Scottish theorist Sir Patrick Geddes.More about Lewis Mumford...