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Reading the Dream

A Post-Secular History of Enmindment
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, this book will likely have a general following due to Scott's name recognition in intellectual circles.
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
Tremendously interesting and instructive.... -- Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, McGill University The Way of Moreness is a unique meditation on poetry, history, religion, and politics from one of the most important poets of our time. It is the result of decades of deep thinking about the fate of poetry in human history as well as the nature of our shared human condition. Its horizon is the meeting of poetical visions with pivotal historical developments in religion and politics, and its arc of arguments bridges East and West as well as the ancient and the modern. In the midst of our current despair over political conflicts and ecological disasters, this book shows us where hope may be found. This is thinking about poetry and history at its most urgent and relevant. It is a theological poetics that we all need, now more than eve. the book has true magnificence, and I can't wait to see it in print! -- Anna Sun, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Kenyon College 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! -- Graeme Macqueen, founder of the McMaster's Centre of Peace Studies Minding - The Way of Moreness: A Post-Secular Poem in Prose 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. -- Edwin Bernbaum, author of Sacred Mountains of the World 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. -- Gordon Teskey, Francis Lee Higginson Professor of English Literature, author of Delirious Milton Pull a thread from the weave of history and it starts to unwind. Unless the one doing the pulling is a master of interpretation and invention like the poet, scholar and critic Peter Dale Scott. In his hand a thread of history is turned and turned until it reveals its message for our lives now. His new book, Minding, a History begins and ends with a quote from Simone Weil: "From where will a renewal come to us, to us who have spoiled and devastated the whole earthly globe? Only from the past, if we love it." The whole book is a consideration of what such love entails. The final passage in the book details a troubling story about St. Augustine. In need of support for his new monastery, Augustine inveighs to have the Church in Rome condemn Pelagius, a British Monk whose teachings against material wealth might threaten Augustine's relationship with wealthy patrons. But like a Talmudist interpreting a troubling piece of Torah, Scott sees a hidden meaning in this story: the dialectic at play here between salvation by deeds and salvation by grace. The transactional side of history, the continual play of bad and good rulers and those (including artists) who served them, is less important to Scott then the poetic side-the revelation Augustine brings of the primacy of grace, or what Scott calls moreness. It is a revolution of consciousness parallel to (or at times perpendicular) to the social that Scott would celebrate. A view of history that returns the poet to his place as prime mover. -- David Shaddock, author of Poetry and Psychoanalysis
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