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Janus: A Summing Up

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Hardcover, 354 pages
Published January 1st 1978 by Not Avail
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Abner Rosenweig
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Janus, like many great books, changes the way we see the world.

The book is grand in scope, unflinching in its pursuit of truth, strikingly original, and keenly perceptive. By summing up some of his most provocative inquiries over the 20th century, Koestler gives us a glimpse of his roving, probing mind. He offers a grim, sobering perspective on the human condition and our destiny. He reveals hidden relationships between science, creativity, and humor. He regularly challenges orthodoxy, skirting
Jonathan Hockey
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was published around the same time as Dawkins' selfish gene and it is sad to think that this much more balanced and critical account has been largely forgotten while the Dawkins dogma has held sway for so long. This book diagnoses much of what is wrong with the reductionist Dawkins' style mentality, without, as far as I know, being aware of the work of Dawkins emerging, though he was well aware of the previous attempts of the neo-darwinist orthodoxy. His concept of Holons, as janus-fac ...more
Aug 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essai
Tout homme a deux visages, semblable en cela à Janus, le dieu latin.

Individu unique, il n'en appartient pas moins à un ensemble ; familial, social, national, planétaire. Entre le fini et l'infini, entre l'indépendance et la dépendance, il doit trouver son harmonie.

Que l'une des deux tendances fasse pencher la balance en sa faveur, et c'est la porte ouverte à tous les désordres pathologiques.

L'Histoire et son cortège de larmes et de sang sont là pour en témoigner. Pour que le fléau de la balan
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A thought provoking book that moves along various topics. One subject covered is the weakness in man and his ability to be taken over by the collective, group and nation. The submergence of identity is seen as one of the fatal flaws in mankind. I am deeply into astrology and aware of how this collective energy as related to the outer planets take over the individual, and the submerging of the self into a greater power. Other topics cover evolution and arguments against Darwin's popular theory. K ...more
Paradox Pollack
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To my knowledge the best comprehension of the overview of the "human problem" best articulated in written form before the 21st century.
I am dazzled by the comprehensiveness with which Arthur addresses the trouble that is inevitably coming and reading the book nearly 50 years later, all of this work is vital and mainly still unanswered.
This book is as highly recommended as I am able in this format. This book is on my top shelf and I bring it down often...
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After having read a couple of Koestler's books (The Ghost in the Machine, The Case of the Midwife Toad) around 30 years ago, and finding that some of the ideas in them had clung to me through thick and thin, it was a great pleasure to revisit his central theses in this wide-ranging summary work. What an incredible, foresighted polymath--and pre-internet, too! A terrific book to start off the year with--and likely as good an introduction to Koestler's work as one can find.
Nando Nazareth
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lido na tradução em português do Brasil anos atrás e algumas das ideias ainda me assombram: "As duas faces de Janus".
Beverly Steenstra
Mar 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Put things in perspective for me as a teenager, in a very profound way that I'll never forget.
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Arthur Koestler CBE [*Kösztler Artúr] was a prolific writer of essays, novels and autobiographies.

He was born into a Hungarian Jewish family in Budapest but, apart from his early school years, was educated in Austria. His early career was in journalism. In 1931 he joined the Communist Party of Germany but, disillusioned, he resigned from it in 1938 and in 1940 published a devastating anti-Communis

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