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New PDF release: Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age

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By Robert Pogue Harrison

How previous are you?  The extra inspiration you convey to undergo at the query, the more durable it really is to respond to.  For we age concurrently in numerous methods: biologically, psychologically, socially. And we age in the better framework of a tradition, in the middle of a heritage that predates us and may live longer than us. checked out via that lens, many features of past due modernity may recommend that we're older than ever, yet Robert Pogue Harrison argues that we're additionally getting startlingly younger—in seems to be, mentality, and behaviour. we are living, he says, in an age of juvenescence.

 

Like all of Robert Pogue Harrison's books, Juvenescence levels brilliantly throughout cultures and historical past, tracing the ways in which the spirits of teen and age have inflected one another from antiquity to the current. Drawing at the medical inspiration of neotony, or the retention of adlescent features via maturity, and increasing it into the cultural realm, Harrison argues that adolescence is vital for culture’s leading edge force and flashes of genius. while, even if, youth—which Harrison sees as extra protracted than ever—is a luxurious that calls for the steadiness and knowledge of our elders and the associations. “While genius liberates the novelties of the future,” Harrison writes, “wisdom inherits the legacies of the earlier, renewing them within the strategy of handing them down.”

 

A heady, deeply realized day trip, wealthy with principles and insights, Juvenescence might in basic terms were written by way of Robert Pogue Harrison. No reader who has questioned at our culture's obsession with early life may still omit it.

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