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Icarus Fallen: Search For Meaning In An Uncertain World

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It would be difficult to find a more perceptive description of Western man and the world he now inhabits than that provided by Chantal Delsol in Icarus Fallen: The Search for Meaning in an Uncertain World. With style and lucidity, Delsol likens contemporary Western man to the mythical figure Icarus, fallen back to earth after trying to reach the sun, alive but badly shaken ...more
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute
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Szplug
Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Chantal Delsol states at the outset that she set out to write this book as a response to the astonishment I felt as I contemplated Western society; to what appeared as a culture reeling in the winds of modernity, Icarus once again lost within the labyrinth after having plummeted from his hubristic striving for the sun of utopian ideology. Having had the wax that gripped his feathers melted by the furious heat of total war, death camps, gulags, mass starvation and economic collapse, man plunged b ...more
C. Townsend
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't remember when I discovered Chantal Delsol, but it was a while back. I reread this book to gain a great appreciation of French intellectuals, even this rare French "conservative." I hate to even use the word "conservative" to describe her as we are used to American conservatives (blah) and she is definitely not one.

She is learned, highly intelligent, erudite and relevant. As a commentator on the intellectual foibles of modernity and postmodernism she has no equal that I can think of on t
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Brett Williams
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Incredible, spellbinding, and how the heck did she do that?

This is one of those very few books in my library that may produce more note pages than there are pages in the book itself. Delsol is a rare individual with the capacity to see through the societal veil with near perfect clarity, then explain it to the rest of us in a manner so revealing in its simplicity, we wonder why we never saw the truth to begin with. Most remarkably, she reveals underlying psychology – a field generally considere
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Colleen Somes
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very profound, dense kind of book. I found myself having to reread a lot of pages to at least partially understand what the author was saying. Chantal Delsol is definitely brilliant -- the author seems to tie everything together in the last several chapters. A very thought provoking, challenging book!
Jonathan Miroshnik
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy, politics
haven't read much in my life but I'm really happy that this came up so early.

Delsol describes the modern way of looking at things in such a way that I instantly felt a bit shocked at what I see around me.
The whole Donald Trump election has taken her points and accelerated them to the max.

I have only 2 issues with this book:
1. there are about 10 misprints, they are annoying but do not lower the quality of the writing at all.
2. Delsol does not provide enough examples to her theories, although I ca
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'Delsol does argue for a revival of the idea that a plurality in a democracy can come up with a workable concept of the good and apply it to society without violating anyone’s rights—however, she ignores the role of activist judges in subverting that very plurality, thwarting the new paradigm she envisions. She is a penetrating critic of modern democracy, and while she does not propose its abolition or even drastic change, she does call for the “transformation” of our system into something that ...more
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