[January 19, 1924 – April 30, 2006]
Profile created January 28, 2008|
As For Italy (1959)
Without Marx or Jesus (1972)
On Proust (1975)
The Totalitarian Temptation
How Democracies Perish (1983)
with Branko M. Lazic
Culture and Cuisine: A Journey Through the History of Food (1984)
The Flight from Truth: The Reign of Deceit in the Age of Information (1992)
Democracy Against Itself: The Future of
the Democratic Impulse (1993)
The Monk and the Philosopher: A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life
Jean-Francois Revel and Matthieu Ricard
Jean Francois-Revel, a
pillar of French intellectual life in our time, became world famous for
his challenges to both Communism and Christianity. Twenty-seven years
ago, his son,
Matthieu Ricard, gave up a promising career as a scientist to
study Tibetan Buddhism -- not as a detached observer but by immersing
himself in its practice under the guidance of its greatest living
Meeting in an inn overlooking Katmandu, these two profoundly thoughtful
men explored the questions that have occupied humankind throughout its
history. Does life have meaning? What is consciousness? Is man free?
What is the value of scientific and material progress? Why is there
suffering, war, and hatred? Their conversation is not merely abstract:
they ask each other questions about ethics, rights, and
responsibilities, about knowledge and belief, and they discuss frankly
the differences in the way each has tried to make sense of his life.
Utterly absorbing, inspiring, and accessible, this remarkable dialogue
engages East with West, ideas with life, and science with the
humanities, providing wisdom on how to enrich the way we live our lives.
Revel probes the origins of the notion that
America is the source of all evil: imperialistic, greedy, ruthlessly
competitive--a hyperpower whose riches are acquired at the expense of
the Third World.
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