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Two Roads to Ignorance: A Quasi Biography
Two Roads to Ignorance: A Quasi Biography
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  • ISBN-13: 9780809309160
  • ISBN: 0809309165
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  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

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This account of one man's search for truth bears witness to defection and apostasy and, in the end, to the humility of deeply lived experience. Eliseo Vivas, distinguished teacher, lit­erary critic, and philosopher, relates the search by his alter ego, Alonzo Quijano, for a philosophy to live by as well as one to think well by. His intellectual odys­sey is marked by defection from com­munism and apostasy from the philoso­phy of John Dewey. Vivas provides throughout this ac­count of Alonzo's rupture with his com­mitments an analysis of the ideas of the major philosophic thinkers of the West­ern world, an analysis which first moves toward partial acceptance but which ends with their rejection. He devotes the final chapters to the views on politics and moral, theological, and aesthetic subjects at which Alonzo arrived follow­ing his apostasy and defection. Alonzo claims at the end that his philosophical quest was not a failure, for he now "knows that he does not know much." Hence the two roads to ignorance. Eliseo Vivas has taught at Wisconsin, Chicago, Ohio State, and Northwestern. He has also edited journals, published widely, and has been a participant and, indeed, a major force in most of the in­tellectual discussions of his time. His examination of his contemporaries' be­liefs and detailed analysis of the views he rejects are therefore especially valu­able. Those peace-loving minds who find Alonzo's adventures relevant to an understanding of their age will be fasci­nated by this unique and important book.Vivas, Eliseo is the author of 'Two Roads to Ignorance: A Quasi Biography', published 1979 under ISBN 9780809309160 and ISBN 0809309165.

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