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Socrates' Ancestor: An Essay on Architectural Beginnings Hardcover – Sep 21 1993


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  • Hardcover: 206 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (Sept. 21 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262132923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262132923
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,006,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Indra Kagis McEwen is a postdoctoral fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and lecturer at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal.

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In Plato's dialogue Euthyphro, where Socrates questions Euthyphro, who is prosecuting his own father for murder, on the nature of holiness and unholiness, of piety and impiety, justice and injustice, Socrates succeeds, as he so often does, in completely confusing his interlocutor. Read the first page
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This is a tour-de-force of interpretation, which asks us to rethink the meaning of architecture. McEwen, with grace, simplicity, and style, seeks to disclose another way of knowing "kosmos" than through fixed ideas and concepts. Unraveling the Anaximander fragment, he argues for the "well-made" as a "making visible" of divine order, shedding new light on what "theory" really meant. This book nourishes the soul and reminds us why we should not give up learning how to look carefully. A splendidly "well made" piece of thinking and writing in itself.
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A brilliant and thought provoking essay Feb. 16 1999
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This is a tour-de-force of interpretation, which asks us to rethink the meaning of architecture. McEwen, with grace, simplicity, and style, seeks to disclose another way of knowing "kosmos" than through fixed ideas and concepts. Unraveling the Anaximander fragment, he argues for the "well-made" as a "making visible" of divine order, shedding new light on what "theory" really meant. This book nourishes the soul and reminds us why we should not give up learning how to look carefully. A splendidly "well made" piece of thinking and writing in itself.


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