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It is hard to put this profound book into a category Despite the author's criticisms of Thoreau it is like Walden than any other book I have read The book makes great strides toward bringing the best insights from medieval philosophy and from contemporary environmental ethics togethe. This book is just about the closest thing to a mentor that I have Three times through has not exhausted its meaning and insight though after carrying it with me on nearly every foray into the woods as a matter of principle has left it tattered and worn Kohak is a native of the Czech Republic and composed this while living in a small house he built himself in the New Hampshire woods and teaching philosophy at Boston College He has since returned to his home Though English is his second language the prose is delicate and purposeful Frost is one of his linguistic mentors there is no doubt he is a philosopher however and one who has spent many years deciphering that nasty continental stuff The surprise comes as the really practical implications of his thinking become clear this is no pie in the sky no HD Thoreau but a real livable philosophy There have been a number of times when I seriously considered the possibility of living this life out beyond the powerline where there still is night Yet the beauty of this is that to profit from its insight there is no need to do this; Kohak has hope that a recovery of the moral sense of nature is within the grasp of everyone willing to seek it no matter their circumstancesIf you try it skip the first section entitled 'Theoria'if you find it difficult and go right to 'Physis' If the sections on the gift of the night of solitude and of pain do not hook you you are a cold fishFor the truth for all its complexity is in a sense utterly simple as simple as the embers and the stars We fear unknowing yet the greater danger may well be that of forgetting of losing sight of the starry heaven and the moral law dismissing the truth because it seems too naively simple That is why it seems to me so urgent that philosophy should ever return down the long abandoned wagon road amid the new growth not to speculate but to see hear and know that there still is night star bright and all reconciling and that there is dawn pale over Barrett Mountain a world which still is God’s not man’s a world where the human can be a dweller at peace with himself his world and his God Though it cannot remain there philosophy must ever return down the wagon road in the golden glow of the autumn Not to find a new truth The reason is far modest lest we forget

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Articular that Kohák turns moments of experience to account philosophically turning what we habitually overlook or avoid into an opportunity and basis for self knowledge This is an impassioned attempt to see the vital order of nature and the moral order of our humanity as one Ethic. Kohak's elegant witty and profoundly insightful meditation on the moral sense of the world that unfolds as we sit poised at dusk between the dying embers of our cooking fire and the shimmering majesty of the starscape captivated me I've read good philosophy before but rarely does philosophy tell a story so true and so arresting I vastly prefer it to Thoreau's Walden a book to which I think it could be easily if superficially compared I loved this book will reread it and am going to start working through Kohak's other writings It's that good If there were six stars I'd give him the extra one

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R Anyone interested in both of these areas must read this book Daniel A Dombrowski The ThomistThose who share Kohák's concern to understand nature as other than a mere resource or matter in motion will find his temporally oriented interpretation of nature instructive It is here in p. Love this book This influenced me heavily My love of the land and my growth as a person is connected strongly to Kohak Rosss Girl interested Darkness, Kindled (Fire Spirits, in both of these areas must read this book Daniel A Dombrowski The ThomistThose who share Kohák's concern to understand nature as other than a mere resource or matter Captive Spirit in motion will find his temporally oriented 14 Sai (14æ­³, interpretation of nature 14 Sai (14æ­³, instructive It Driving Honda is here Cats And Dogs in p. Love this book This Carlitos Way influenced me heavily My love of the land and my growth as a person Pray! Pray! Pray! is connected strongly to Kohak

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