By Jan Baars

In this deeply thought of meditation on getting older in Western tradition, Jan Baars argues that, in today’s global, residing longer doesn't unavoidably suggest dwelling larger. He contends that there was an total lack of recognize for getting older, to the purpose that knowing and "dealing with" getting older humans has develop into a strategy fascinated with the decline of power and the improvement of illness instead of at the accumulation of knowledge and the construction of latest abilities.

To make his case, Baars compares and contrasts the works of such modern-era thinkers as Foucault, Heidegger, and Husserl with the idea of Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Cicero, and different old and Stoic philosophers. He indicates how humans within the classical period—less capable of keep watch over healthiness hazards—had a more robust feel of the provisional nature of residing, which resulted in a philosophical and spiritual emphasis on cultivating the artwork of dwelling and the assumption of knowledge. this isn't to assert that sleek society’s checks of getting older are insignificant, yet they do have to stability an emphasis at the measuring of age with the idea that of "living in time."

Gerontologists, philosophers, and scholars will locate Baars' dialogue to be a strong, perceptive dialog starter.

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