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By Jan Baars

In this deeply thought of meditation on getting older in Western tradition, Jan Baars argues that, in today’s international, dwelling longer doesn't unavoidably suggest residing greater. He contends that there was an total lack of admire for getting older, to the purpose that figuring out and "dealing with" getting older humans has develop into a method curious about the decline of strength and the development of ailment instead of at the accumulation of knowledge and the production of latest talents.

To make his case, Baars compares and contrasts the works of such modern-era thinkers as Foucault, Heidegger, and Husserl with the concept of Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Cicero, and different historical and Stoic philosophers. He indicates how humans within the classical period—less in a position to keep watch over wellbeing and fitness hazards—had a higher experience of the provisional nature of residing, which ended in a philosophical and non secular emphasis on cultivating the paintings of dwelling and the belief of knowledge. this isn't to assert that sleek society’s checks of getting older are insignificant, yet they do have to stability an emphasis at the measuring of age with the idea that of "living in time."

Gerontologists, philosophers, and scholars will locate Baars' dialogue to be a strong, perceptive dialog starter.

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