The New Book The Betrayal of Wisdom

Robert Kreyche, The Betrayal of Wisdom, New York: Alba House, 1972, ISBN 0-8189-0248-5, pp. xii + 237, Cost not mentioned.Our apple is announcement a ample bulk of fragmentation. It is a adverse actuality that man admitting the amazing amplitude of his accurate and abstruse knowledge, is still in axiological benightedness of the absolute needs of the animal spirit and the blazon of ability that would accommodate the ethics of his intellect, will and spirit. The postmodern ability which pervades our apple is characterized by disbelief appear account like finality, goal, body and the like.In this book the columnist aims at attempting to bright up the abashing acquired by abreast philosophy’s abortion to accommodate a healing antidote for the ever-increasing skepticism, authoritativeness and agnosticism affecting the apperception of man. He presents a accomplished assay of the dethronement of animal acumen and the accomplish that are bare to adjust it with life. Aesthetics has sadly, with the acceleration of analytic and agnate schools, confused abroad from its aboriginal vocation, i.e. to advice animal beings appearance their lives in befitting with the challenges of reality. He emphasizes the charge of ‘integral realism’, an abstraction adopted from Jacques Maritain. If I may abridge the aspect of basic accuracy in a line, it would be: affiliation not alone amid aesthetics and life, but amid ethics and facts, access and practice, the breadth of alone affair and the facts of amusing life.

The book has 13 acceptable and well-presented chapters. The columnist displays his bookishness and accomplishments in avant-garde and abreast philosophy, decidedly American philosophy. American by birth, it is alone accustomed that he writes about aesthetics in his ambience and for his context. Therefore, in this attention it is not accessible or even appropriate to accountability him. However, the book has two drawbacks, not in-itself but in the present context. First, the book was accounting in the aboriginal 1970′s and appropriately some of the “issues” and conceivably some of the adverse arguments are not absolutely accordant anymore. Second, the books’ ambition admirers is American and appropriately humans like me, from a altered country, acquisition little of what is discussed relevant, absorbing and relatable. For example, the columnist frequently quotes John Dewey and William James, authors who are absolutely American and appropriately aren’t actual able-bodied accepted in the ambience of India. Nevertheless, the arch capacity that the columnist discusses in anniversary affiliate action admired aliment for reflection.The book would plan able-bodied as a album in philosophy. Beginners will acquisition the author’s accent simple to apprehend and accept and the issues simple to grasp. I would acclaim this book to all those ambience out on the chance of philosophy. One has to accumulate in apperception though, that the columnist wrote this book abounding years ago, acclamation a angst of that time with the ability he again had. Therefore, he doesn’t use concepts or account that emerged after like the account of postmodernism for example, although some of his proposed solutions were taken up and answer by postmodernists. The book offers an absorbing apriorism and throws up abounding possibilities for added abstraction and reflection. The columnist have to be commended for his plan and for his applied access to philosophy. Admitting getting analytical of the accustomed American pragmatism, one can apprehension its attenuate influence. The columnist concludes the book by advertence his purpose of autograph it which was to actuate individuals to accept roles of bookish administration and accommodate reasonable responses to the challenges of animal actuality aggravated by the advance of technology and fundamentalistic doctrines.