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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Kaç yaşındasınız? Bu sorunun cevabını vermek aslında sandığımız kadar kolay değil. Çünkü belli bir kültürün ve tarihin içinde, hem biyolojik, hem psikolojik, hem de toplumsal olarak "yaş alıyoruz". Geç modernlik, biz 21. yüzyıl insanlarına, pek çok açıdan tarihin hiçbir döneminde olmadığımız kadar yaşlı olduğumuzu söylüyor. Yaşlıyız, ama Robert Pogue Harrison'a göre bir ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published 2016 by Koç Üniversitesi Yayınları (first published November 4th 2014)
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Jim Coughenour
Once in a great while I stumble onto a new book by an author I'd forgotten, and discover his work all over again. Twenty years ago I got lost in Robert Pogue Harrison's Forests. In the next decade I brought home The Body of Beatrice and The Dominion of the Dead, read a chapter or two and buried them in the back of the book closet. A few days ago I came across Juvenescence and it has transformed my week, in part because it led me as well to Harrison's podcast Entitled Opinions which I have been ...more
Jana Light
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a delightfully odd and engaging book this is! Although I can't quite categorize what Harrison is doing here (historical philosophy? psychology? sociology?), his overall point seems to be that Western developmen is deeply neotenic: old but with distinct characteristics of the young, a product of fresh insight that rejuvenates, rather than annihilates, the legacy of the past. Sounds rather obvious, right? That's part of the allure of this book -- Harrison states familar or self-evident ...more
John Pistelli
Valor consists in the power of self-recovery, so that a man cannot have his flank turned, cannot be out-generalled, but put him where you will, he stands. This can only be by his preferring truth to his past apprehension of truth, and his alert acceptance of it from whatever quarter; the intrepid conviction that his laws, his relations to society, his Christianity, his world, may at any time be superseded and decease.
Emerson, Circles (1841)

Im filled with the sadness that afflicted the Roman
Ahmed Taha

مقتطفات من الكتاب

الموضوع بيفكرني بحال الناس في عالمنا العربي بعد نجاح الثورات وحالهم بعد فشلها .. من الشعور بالانتماء للوطن ثم فجأة الشعور بالكره والاشمئزاز
الأصل إن الإنسان خُلق لعمارة الأرض وإن الكوكب مسئوليتنا .. لكن احنا Humans of late capitalism قاتل الله الناس اللي فوق على قدر ظلمهم


مع كثرة مقتطفات نيتشه اللي بشوفها مؤخرا بيتثمل لي في صورة غسان مطر مع حزلئوم



في سياق آخر يقول د أحمد خالد توفيق رحمه الله : ".أنت لست مهماً كما تعتقد..لست مهماً على الإطلاق"


Stephen Hicks
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harrisons Juvenescence has been a wonderful book to read and think through. While I dont necessarily agree with every point he makes, there is an enormous wealth of fuel here to keep The Inner Fire burning bright.

The concept of neoteny and its role in the propagation of culture and society from generation to generation is a novel idea riddle with the wisdom of the past. The chapter Amor Mundi allowed Harrison to show off his most beautiful humanistic feathers and reframed the motivations and
"While genius liberates the novelties of the future, wisdom inherits the legacies of the past, renewing them in the process of handing them down" (p.41).

Renaissance and reformation, enlightenment, revolution, romanticism, even postmodernism have always been tempered by conservatism and tradition. The yang to the yin.

Harrison, however, seems not to have the stomach for the genius of revolution until it has been consolidated by the wisdom of tradition. He is more concerned about what comes after
Samuel Brown
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wise and insightful, this book will bear multiple readings. Where Charles Taylor comes at these questions of what makes our contemporary society so strange and perhaps so lost from the perspective of philosophy and theology, Harrison--my favorite living literary critic--comes at the question from the perspective of our "ages." Like a good poem, this book is allusive and sometimes a little exasperating, functioning mostly to point out areas for further thought or to reframe debates and ...more
Jerry Wall
Fascination with youth as we age and get older. Some imitate teenagers past time when it is
seemly. Some pass through youth at the command of circumstances. But, whatever, the young with smiling untouched faces and high spirits seem to be having fun.

The past does not cease to exist simply because we lose our memory of it p. xii
Nietzsche asks what people really want when they seek out knowledge. His answer: Nothing more that this : something strange is to be reduced to something familiar. p. 11
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Human maturity has its source in the youth it brings to fruition. The deeper the source, the more extravagant the growth, which is another way of saying that human youth, in its neotenic relay, makes possible a capacity for spiritual maturation that has no equivalent in the animal kingdom, insofar as it opens humankind up to a wide range of psychic, and not merely organic, modes of being. When it comes to our species-being, this is the deeper meaning of the otherwise trite phrase The child is ...more
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some interesting concepts, but it seems the author is more intent on trying to impress us with an array of disparate historical and cultural references than he is with presenting us with a concise, persuasive proof of concept of juvenescence.
David Huff
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever have that moment when you discover a book is much deeper, and far different, that what you originally might have thought? Such was my pleasurable experience with Robert Pogue Harrison's thoughtful writing. He makes a compelling case for "cultural maturity", which in our age of technological advance requires maintaining our connections with the wisdom of the past. He speaks of balancing "genius"- the forward looking drive to invent, discover and create, with "wisdom" -- our endowment from ...more
Alanood Burhaima
"If education has a goal, it is to increase the age of young people exponentially-- to make them hundreds, if not thousands, of years older than they were when they entered the classroom or sat down with their students' lamp to enlarge their mind. For it is through books, or other forms of writing, that a culture transmits the inner core of its historical age"

I have been listening to Robert's radio show for quite some time now and I can't help but imagine his voice as I read this. Great book.
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read this aloud from the armchair in the bedroom, to my beloved consort, over the course of several wintry weekends. Reading in this way made it impossible to scrutinize the text closely, so I really cant say whether it is utterly persuasive. It was, however, certainly an enjoyable book to readand as I am generally sympathetic to the authors (entitled) opinions, it was convincing enough for me. ...more
Robert W Edwards
Simply profound and profoundly simple

A meaningful, moving synthesis of human life as experienced individually and culturally. A highly intelligent book that yet is easy to read and, amazingly, hard to put down. I intend to purchase a hardcover copy to read again, allowing me to mark important, provocative passages. "Juvenescence" has been great for my senescence. A must read for anyone with serious questions about our contemporary time and culture.
Win Dunwell
Nov 11, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Striking initial impression - same size book as previous but half the words with larger font and different format. But it's all about content which considering the author I expect intelligent excellence.
James Kozubek
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is insightful, and original. I especially like his critique of philosophy of time.
Sam Koenen
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are phenomenal parts (5 stars), and some truly horrendous parts (1 star), but overall it is a solid and enlightening cultural theory with profound implications for classical teachers.
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It's more like a 3.5 to me.
In short, I don't quite enjoy the style of the writing (nostalgia tone), but the points and perspective the author brings out are very interesting, especially the discourse of the part about neoteny.
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“A nation can build for the future, invest in the future, and undertake industrial, social, or technological projects for the future, yet if it does not find ways to metabolize its past, it remains without genuine prospects. That means that its youth remains largely stagnant, culturally speaking. The greatness of Western civilization, for all its disfiguring vices, consists in the fact that it has repeatedly found ways to regenerate itself by returning to, or fetching from, its nascent sources. The creative synergy between Western wisdom and Western genius has always taken the form of projective retrieval—of birthing the new from the womb of antecedence. Thus retrieval, in this radical sense, has little to do with revival and everything to do with revitalization.” 0 likes
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