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Aan de vooravond van het jaar 2000 lieten vier bekende auteurs uit verschillende vakgebieden hun licht schijnen over het einde der tijden, de millenniumgekte, de angst voor de apocalyps en aanverwante thema's: de Italiaanse schrijver en semioloog Umberto Eco, de Amerikaanse paleontoloog Stephen Jay Gould, de Franse scenarist Jean-Claude Carrière en de Franse godsdiensthist ...more
Paperback, 257 pages
Published 1999 by Boom (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
Dan  Ray
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really fun to pick up 20 years later.
Excellent philosophers riffing on the idea of time and it's possible end and the millennial (millenarian) panic of the year 2000.

They uniformly agreed that it was a media-constructed panic. That nobody anywhere really though Y2K was going to be a disaster, but gov'ts had to be shown to be prepared in case it was. History proved them right on this and many (though by no means all) of their points.

I found one philosopher to hold Indian cultural belief
Fascinating romp through the history of ideas about time with delightful authors.
Christopher C. Fuchs
A small but dense, cerebral book about time from interviews with four popular thinkers of the late 1990s. The book explores philosophical, scientific, and theological perspectives on time and other topics as diverse as spacetime, Armageddon, ethics, climate change, history, knowledge transfer, extinction events, and more. Although a bit dated now, with much time spent on millenarianism, dead cults, and the Y2K non-event, it is an interesting book written in question-and-answer format between the ...more
H. Isikgun
Sohbetlerde daha çok kehanetler ve bilgi akışı düzeyinde sorular yöneltildiğinden cevaplar da fikir alışverişinden çok bi nevi olgu aktarımları şeklinde ilerliyor. Özgün fikirler ve tartışma ortamı bekliyordum, bu açıdan beklentimi karşılamadığını söyleyebilirim.
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
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
Aug 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 was a lot of fun to read. ...more
Mar 17, 2013 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.
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Umberto Eco was an Italian writer of fiction, essays, academic texts, and children's books. A professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, Eco’s brilliant fiction is known for its playful use of language and symbols, its astonishing array of allusions and references, and clever use of puzzles and narrative inventions. His perceptive essays on modern culture are filled with a delightful sen ...more

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