This book is at once a sweeping work of intellectual history and an intimate exploration of the human spiritual psyche. It covers the enduring development of social, cultural, and spiritual values that underlies the superficial rise and fall of political structures — and provides an inspiring basis of hope for the future of humanity. Appropriate for courses in Philosophy or Religion courses.
Peter Dale Scott, a former Canadian diplomat and professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, is a leading political analyst and poet. His most recent books are The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America, The War Conspiracy: JFK, 9/11 and the Deep Politics of War, and Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina. He has been awarded the Lannan Poetry Award, and former U.S. poet laureate Robert Hass wrote that Scott's Coming to Jakarta "is the most important political poem to appear in the English language in a very long time." His website can be found at www.peterdalescott.net
Tremendously interesting and instructive….
You will be set upon by packs of wild dogs and post-moderns who hate all suggestions that there are universals beneath the flux. But I applaud you. You disdain the boundaries of established fields, at least when they are set up to tell us where we must not tread. Your knowledge is wide, your curiosity boundless.
I honour you for the wide knowledge and the insight that this endeavour required, and I am also impressed by your energy! May this work be widely read and deeply pondered!
Reading the Dream: A Post-Secular History of Enmindment by Peter Dale Scott is a deeply thought and personally felt study of the key role of pivotal shifts in the ethical evolution of Eastern and Western civilizations. This impressively researched work highlights in detail the enduring development of social, cultural, and spiritual values that underlies the superficial rise and fall of political structures — and provides an inspiring basis of hope for the future of humanity.
I’ve been reading through your manuscript with much pleasure and profit. Its poetic vision is so grand I could wish you were doing it in verse--but it often feels anyhow like the high language proper to verse. What you have written is magnificent in itself and we hope influential in the world.