By Alberto Manguel
Manguel chooses as his publications a variety of writers who sparked his mind's eye. He dedicates every one bankruptcy to a unmarried philosopher, scientist, artist, or different determine who verified in a clean approach find out how to ask “Why?” major us via a whole gallery of inquisitives, between them Thomas Aquinas, David Hume, Lewis Carroll, Rachel Carson, Socrates, and, most significantly, Dante, Manguel affirms how deeply hooked up our interest is to the readings that almost all astonish us, and the way necessary to the hovering of our personal imaginations.
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What Are We Doing Here? 9. Where Is Our Place? 10. How Are We Different? 11. What Is an Animal? 12. What Are the Consequences of Our Actions? 13. What Can We Possess? 14. How Can We Put Things in Order? 15. What Comes Next? 16. Why Do Things Happen? 17. What Is True? Notes Acknowledgments Index Curiosity Virgil explains to Dante that Beatrice sent him to show Dante the right path. Woodcut illustrating Canto II of the Inferno, printed in 1487 with commentary by Cristoforo Landino. ” —DONALD SUTHERLAND, Gertrude Stein: A Biography of Her Work I am curious about curiosity.
17. What Is True? Notes Acknowledgments Index Curiosity Virgil explains to Dante that Beatrice sent him to show Dante the right path. Woodcut illustrating Canto II of the Inferno, printed in 1487 with commentary by Cristoforo Landino. ” —DONALD SUTHERLAND, Gertrude Stein: A Biography of Her Work I am curious about curiosity. One of the first words that we learn as a child is why. ”1 We never stop. Very soon we find out that curiosity is seldom rewarded with meaningful or satisfying answers, but rather with an increased desire to ask more questions and the pleasure of conversing with others.
Truth,” Hume wrote, “is of two kinds, consisting either in the discovery of the proportions of ideas, consider’d as such, or in the conformity of our ideas of objects to their real existence. ” Pursuit alone of the truth is, for Hume, not enough. ”28 Barely ten years after Hume’s Treatise, Denis Diderot and Jean Le Rond d’Alembert began in France the publication of their Encyclopédie. ” The encyclopédistes translated what for Dante were questions of causality, dependent on divine wisdom, into questions of functionality, dependent on human experience.
Curiosity by Alberto Manguel