This suggestive volume now makes available the substance of his point of view.” --Irwin Edman, New York Herald Tribune “The best and most mature expression of his thought.”—Journal of Philosophy“Not only a master of exposition but a man of catholic interests and many-sided erudition....
In Paradise Lost, Satan’s famous rallying cry celebrates the power of the mind to overcome physical and emotional suffering.
Questions are posed concerning war, politics, and humanity, in general.
Vonnegut is very quick to compare his experiences fighting in World War II, generally considered the epitome of the definition of a moral war.
On a note of optimism, he points out that his soul is the same as it was in heaven, except that now, in hell, it is free.
His speech thus serves as a private pep talk, a way of reminding himself that he can use his imagination to overcome the significant spiritual and physical pain he is experiencing in hell.In the end, the plot of this book is Kurt Vonnegut's search for a solution, a country, an identity, or even a hope of any kind.It is in that walk, that very reflection of life itself, that this book takes its arc, and Vonnegut provides at least one more gift for his readers, as good as any before it.One of the key ideas Kurt Vonnegut discusses, and then reiterates, throughout the entire work is that humor is a natural defense mechanism to deal with all the horrible things in the world we live in.While defying the natural plot would be common for most works, there is still a sense of movement.He also says that the United States' war in Iraq is nothing like World War II.Vonnegut's experiences as a soldier gives him credibility on these matters, as he also spirals off into discussions on religion, the teachings of Jesus, the environment and horrible things that humanity does to it.One of the twentieth century’s greatest philosophers presents the results of his lifetime study of man’s cultural achievements.An Essay on Man is an original synthesis of contemporary knowledge, a unique interpretation of the intellectual crisis of our time, and a brilliant vindication of man’s ability to resolve human problems by the courageous use of his mind.What the thinkers of the past have thought of the human race, what can be said of its art, language, and capacities for good and evil in the light of modern knowledge are discussed by a great philosopher who had a profound experience of the past and of his own time.“Ernst Cassirer…had a long standing international reputation in philosophy….