A blessed rage for order : deconstruction, evolution, and chaos /
Alexander J. Argyros.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1991.
x, 368 p. ; 24 cm.
0472102214 (alk. paper)
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Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1991.
0472102214 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-361) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-12:
Argyros's first book, large in scope and thought, moves in three parts through a critique of deconstruction (Pt. 1) to an evolutionary epistemology and ontology (Pt. 2), to chaos theory, and high energy particle physics (Pt. 3). Moreover, it treats their application to human beings and their theories, works of art, and social structures. Argyros, (Arts and Humanities, Univ. of Texas at Dallas) critiques deconstruction while looking for a new theoretical framework that will rehabilitate the concept of progress with the new paradigm of "chaotic systems" to meet the challenges of postmodernism, deconstruction, and axiological relativism. Utilizing the work of J. T. Fraser's theory of evolution, Time the Familiar Stranger (CH, May'88), Argyros makes his case by contrasting what he characterizes as Derrida's flat, horizontal networks of reference with flexible, nondeterministic, evolutionary hierarchical systems in which the "more primitive levels in the hierarchy are remembered by the more complex overlays to which they serve as both microstructure and history" (p. 121). Well-written and provocative with excellent index, notes, and bibliography. Recommended for undergraduates and above in humanities and sciences. J. M. Rose; Goucher College
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