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Astronomy and Civilization in the New Enlightenment

Passions of the Skies

Series: Analecta Husserliana, Vol. 107

Tymieniecka, Anna-Teresa, Grandpierre, Attila (Eds.)

2011, XVI, 315 p.

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  • Brings the sciences and metaphysics together
  • Ontopoiesis of life reveals the geo-cosmic positioning of man in the universe
  • Ground is laid for a 21st Century breakthrough by which the sciences and philosophy can present a more complete picture of the universe
  • Illustrates how passions for the skies prompted civilization and science
  • Presents the cosmos as the natural home of the human being
This volume represents the first which interfaces with astronomy as the fulcrum of the sciences. It gives full expression to the human passion for the skies. Advancing human civilization has unfolded and matured this passion into the comprehensive science of astronomy. Advancing science’s quest for the first principles of existence meets the ontopoietic generative logos of life, the focal point of the New Enlightenment. It presents numerous perspectives illustrating how the interplay between human beings and the celestial realm has informed civilizational trends. Scholars and philosophers debate in physics and biology, the findings of which are opening a more inclusive, wider picture of the universe. The different models of the universal order and of life here presented, all aiming at the first principles of existence—accord with the phenomenology/ontopoiesis of life within the logos-prompted primogenital stream of becoming and action, which points to a future of progressing culture.

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Keywords » Astrobiology - Astronomy - Bio-friendly universe - Civilizational Trends - Complex Systems - Future of Humanity - Life-ontopoiesis - New Enlightenment - Theoretical Biology Cosmos

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THEME: GEO-COSMIC HORIZONS OF THE LOGOS OF LIFE Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka SECTION I: ASTRONOMY, SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY FLOURISHING IN THE NEW ENLIGHTENMENT Astrobiology, theoretical biology, quantum physics, history of science, philosophy of science THE NEW ENLIGHTENMENT: COSMO-TRANSCENDENTAL POSITIONING OF THE LIVING BEING IN THE UNIVERSE Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka ON THE FIRST PRINCIPLE OF BIOLOGY AND THE FOUNDATION OF THE UNIVERSAL SCIENCE Attila Grandpierre THE RELATION BETWEEN MAN AND WORLD Hans Köchler OBSERVERS, FREEDOM, AND THE COSMOS Subhash Kak THE ENCHANTING HEAVENS Frances Clynes THE SCIENCE OF WHOLENESS Menas Kafatos SECTION II: COSMOS SHAPING WORLD VIEWS History of science, philosophy of science CATHEDRALS AS OBSERVATORIES; MERIDIANAE IN ITALY Béla Kálmán THE COSMOLOGICAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND RESULTS OF THE ANNO DOMNI INVENTION: ANNO MUNDI 6000, GREAT YEAR, PRECESSION, AND END OF THE WORLD CALCULATION Sepp Rothwangl COMING OF AGE UNDER THE NIGHT SKY: THE IMPORTANCE OF ASTRONOMY IN SHAPING WORLDVIEWS Stephen P. Cook MEDIEVAL ROOTS OF THE MODERN COSMOLOGY Miklós Maróth IS THERE ANY FUNDAMENTAL CONNECTION BETWEEN MAN AND THE UNIVERSE? Vladimir A. Lefebvre SECTION III: ASTRONOMY IN THE ORIGINS OF CULTURE Archaeoastronomy, history of astronomy, cultural astronomy CULTURAL IMPACTS OF ASTRONOMY Stanislaw Iwanewski TRIADIC INSIGHTS IN ASTRONOMY, ART AND MUSIC Norman D. Cook THE SOCIAL AND SPIRITUAL IMPACT OF SKY LORE ON PREHISTORIC SOCIETIES IN EUROPE Emília Pásztor IMPACT OF ASTRONOMY IN NEPALESE CIVILIZATION Suresh Bhattarai IMPACT OF STARS ON HUMAN CULTURE Varadaraja V. Raman THE CONTRIBUTION OF MUSICAL THEORY TO AN ANCIENT CHINESE CONCEPT OF THE UNIVERSE Alice Mary Williamson COSMOPOLIS: HOW ASTRONOMY AFFECTS PHILOSOPHIES OF HUMAN NATURE AND RELIGION Nancey Murphy SECTION IV: UNIVERSE AND LIFE Quantum physics, consciousness research, astrobiology, complexity theory MIND IN THE QUANTUM UNIVERSE Henry P. Stapp WHY IS THE UNIVERSE JUST RIGHT FOR LIFE? Paul Davies THE COMPELLING CASE FOR PANSPERMIA Chandra Wickramasinghe NANOBIONTS AND THE SIZE LIMIT OF LIFE László G. Puskás THE MODERN THEORY OF COMPLEXITY AND THE RUSSIAN COSMISM: THE COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS Helena Knyazeva ASTROBIOLOGY: FROM EXTREMOPHILES IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM TO EXTRATERRESTRIAL CIVILIZATIONS Joseph Seckbach and Julian Chela-Flores SECTION V: THE WORLD OF LIFE, ASTRONOMY AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT History of astronomy, social sciences ASTRONOMY AND THE SOUL Nicholas Campion RATIONALITY AND WONDER: FROM SCIENTIFIC COSMOLOGY TO PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY William R. Stoeger POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION OF RELIGION TO COSMOLOGY Marian Ambrozy THE PRINCIPLE OF GREATEST HAPPINESS Katalin Martinás ASTRONOMY: BRIGHTEST AND MOST FASCINATING SHINING PATH FOR MANKIND FUTURE Habibollah Minoo and S.M.T. Bathaee A THEISTIC MODEL OF PHYSICAL TEMPORALITY Antony P. Stone HUMANITY EN ROUTE TO THE GLORIOUS UNITY OF OUR UNIVERSE Ion Soteropoulos INDEX

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