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Conversations about the End of Time

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There is nothing special about the year 2000, yet the start of the third millennium proved a focus for many deep anxieties and expectations. Four of the world's boldest and most celebrated thinkers offer a vast range of insights into how we make sense of time: paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould on dating the Creation, evolutionary deep time, and the need for ecological ethic ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 15th 2001 by Fromm International (first published 1998)
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Lynne King
Sunday mornings I like to browse through my bookshelves at home and I must confess I had completely forgotten about this particular book.

I recall at the time when I saw it in the local bookshop in Chorleywood, Herts that I had to have it. There were two reasons: firstly, Umberto Eco was one of the four contributors and secondly, it was written at the end of the twentieth century when thoughts of the apocalypse in 2000 were uppermost in people's minds. The dreaded word Armageddon naturally sprin
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Muriel
Apr 24, 2008 Muriel added it
Fascinating romp through the history of ideas about time with delightful authors.
Andrea Hickman Walker
I found this very interesting. I hadn't heard of the two French contributors before and picked it up because I knew both Gould and Eco's writing (in fact, I have a copy of Gould's Questioning the millennium somewhere)and I thought it would be interesting to see what they had to say to each other on the subject. I enjoyed all four of the interviews and all gave me something to think about, regardless of the fact that the complete non-event of Y2K was almost a decade and a half ago (when did I get ...more
Tarbuckle
A thoroughly pleasant diversion from the weighty gravity of nineteenth century Germanic philosophy, one filled with stimulating discursive forays from four thinkers of remarkable acumen in their chosen fields. Though conceived with the millennial turn in mind, the tetrad's musings upon apocalyptic fervor, the contrasts between our fleeting grasp of temporal passage and the fossilized eternity of geological deep time, existential angst and the human inclination for endings, and the mytho-radical, ...more
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Aug 08, 2008 Jasmine Star rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to start. This book is incredily thought provoking and really engaging. I loved reading all of the different viewpoints and was in awe of their redoubtable knowledge. I wish one day to be an authority on something...anything the way these great thinkers are. I wish the would have "onversations aboput everything" i would love to talk to these guys forever...it was a lot of fun to read.
Dusan
Mar 17, 2013 Dusan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great read if for nothing else then for Jean Delumeau, who is far too rarely translated into English.
Cypress Butane
Some interesting discussion here.
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