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On the Preservation of Enthusiasm (English Edition) eBook Kindle
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Despite the word “enthusiasm” in the title, this is a book on epistemology, not psychology. But as a bonus, it does contain some therapeutic ideas.For example, he makes the point that periods of enthusiasm inevitably come and go. Everyone experiences low points but they always end just as they begin. Accepting that they are unavoidable removes the added anxiety that comes from rushing to “fix” the problem.
Beyond examining enthusiasm, Cliff Hays addresses worthwhile questions, such as, “Is the Universe one or many?” To do this, he applies rigorous logic and makes careful distinctions between ways of “knowing,” such as a proof versus a justification for a belief.
He also explains the need to ask questions clearly, which means formulating them to be grounded, whether they are ultimately answerable or not.
This book and others by Cliff Hays have inspired me to be interested in epistemology. Any school that encourages critical thinking could make enormous progress toward that goal by providing students with the conceptual tools he presents. Tools for clear thinking are desperately needed in a world where "information" is easy to obtain but far more difficult to verify or debunk.
The 99 cent price tag is a small price for the extensive knowledge and depth of thought that has gone into this book. Anyone with an interest in philosophy will find a lot to contemplate here. Eagerly waiting to see what this gifted author writes next!
To begin, the author expertly guides you up from the depths of fading enthusiasm, through a logical sequence of questions pertaining to the existence of the universe, until finally tapping into the age-old question about the meaning of existence. Along the way you will discover, among many things, the distinction between grounded and ungrounded questions, which questions are worth asking and which aren't, how to address unanswerable questions, and how to relate to that which is unknowable.
I believe you will find Cliff Hays' seamless progression of logical thought in this epistemological work to be both spiritually restoring and mentally stimulating. I certainly walked away from the text with a fresh take on life and a renewed enthusiasm for tackling my own studies. Too bad I didn't read it sooner! So happy to say I'll be looking forward to reading more from this gifted writer in the future!
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