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The DIM hypothesis : why the lights of the West are going out

Author: Leonard Peikoff
Publisher: New York : New American Library, ©2012.
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"In this far-reaching study, Peikoff identifies the three methods people use to integrate concrete data into a whole, as when connecting diverse experiments by a scientific theory, or separate laws into a Constitution, or single events into a story. The first method, in which data is integrated through rational means, he calls Integration. The second, which employs nonrational means, he calls Misintegration. The  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leonard Peikoff
ISBN: 9780451234810 0451234812 9780451466648 0451466640
OCLC Number: 775418851
Description: xvi, 378 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1. Epistemology. Integration ; The three archetypes ; the two mixtures ; DIM and the hypothesis --
pt. 2. DIM in modern culture. Literature ; Physics ; Education ; Politics --
pt. 3. DIM in pre-modern culture. Greece ; Rome ; The middle ages --
pt. 4. The future. Identifying a culture's essence ; The West's modal progression ; Secular modes in the United States today ; The anti-secular rebellion ; What's next.
Responsibility: Leonard Peikoff.

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"In this far-reaching study, Peikoff identifies the three methods people use to integrate concrete data into a whole, as when connecting diverse experiments by a scientific theory, or separate laws into a Constitution, or single events into a story. The first method, in which data is integrated through rational means, he calls Integration. The second, which employs nonrational means, he calls Misintegration. The third is Disintegration--which is nihilism, the desire to tear things apart. In The DIM Hypothesis Peikoff demonstrates the power of these three methods in shaping the West, by using the categories to examine the culturally representative fields of literature, physics, education, and politics. His analysis illustrates how the historical trends in each field have been dominated by one of these three categories, not only today but during the whole progression of Western culture from its beginning in Ancient Greece. Extrapolating from the historical pattern he identifies, Peikoff concludes by explaining why the lights of the West are going out--and predicts the most likely future for the United States"--

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