By Jan Baars
In this deeply thought of meditation on getting older in Western tradition, Jan Baars argues that, in today’s international, dwelling longer doesn't unavoidably suggest dwelling greater. He contends that there was an total lack of admire for getting older, to the purpose that realizing and "dealing with" getting older humans has turn into a strategy fascinated about the decline of strength and the improvement of ailment instead of at the accumulation of knowledge and the construction of recent abilities.
To make his case, Baars compares and contrasts the works of such modern-era thinkers as Foucault, Heidegger, and Husserl with the concept of Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Cicero, and different old and Stoic philosophers. He indicates how humans within the classical period—less capable of keep an eye on healthiness hazards—had a more robust experience of the provisional nature of dwelling, which resulted in a philosophical and non secular emphasis on cultivating the paintings of residing and the belief of knowledge. this isn't to assert that glossy society’s tests of getting older are insignificant, yet they do have to stability an emphasis at the measuring of age with the concept that of "living in time."
Gerontologists, philosophers, and scholars will locate Baars' dialogue to be a strong, perceptive dialog starter.
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