Why Grow Up?

Why Grow Up?

Subversive Thoughts for An Infantile Age

Book - 2014
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In "Why Grow Up? "the philosopher Susan Neiman asks not just why one should grow up but how. In making her case she draws chiefly from the thought of Kant and Rousseau, who articulated very different theories on the proper way to "come of age." But these thinkers complement each other in seeking a "path between mindlessly accepting everything you're told and mindlessly rejecting it," and in learning to live without despair in a world marked by painful realities and uncertainties.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2014]
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374289966
Branch Call Number: 155.25 NEIMAN
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 20 cm


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If you're looking for an accessible introduction to the heavyweights of the Enlightenment -- Rousseau and Kant, but with a generous helping of Hume -- written by a contemporary thinker whose politics are unassailable as far as I can tell, check out Susan Neiman's WHY GROW UP? We've lost our way. And what Neiman suggests, as many who have come before her, is that we must go "Back to Kant!" I agree. Unlike Marx, Hegel or even Nietzsche, Kant thought history was forever open and undetermined. It is us up to us to do what we can to bring our ideals to bear. The process is uncertain and painful. But we must try.

mallc May 11, 2016

Amazing! We all need to grow up and Neiman knows how to do it.

Aug 09, 2015

I was hoping for a book that was about what the title suggests, instead this is a philosophical treatise and spends a major portion of the book discussing philosophers who wrote about education and how they affected each other's opinions.

Jul 26, 2015

though erudite, Susan Neiman's "Why Grow Up?" is abstruse and ultimately unconvincing, we are left, as Neiman herself is, with most of our illusions, addressing hopes and dreams, ideals, rather than incontrovertible facts


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