Notre culture Européenne, cette inconnu.
Peter Lang, Bern (...), 2009. 363p. Paperback. Nice copy. 'This book is an update and development of Constantin Brunner's cultural analysis. Rodan, like any pupil of Brunner, proceeds from the idea that the concept of genius is the key to understanding the foundations of culture. From this perspective, Rodan lays out the cultural history of Europe. He starts with Homer, showing how the great artistic genius is the source of everything we understand as constituting Greek culture. Next, he presents Moses as the initiator of the second strand of European culture. The development of these cultures is shown as a complex process of imitation and embodiment of the ideas and ideals of the great founders. Each culture ultimately achieves its apotheosis in a genius who perfectly embodies the ideal of the founder. In Greece, it is Socrates who perfects the Homeric project; and, from among the followers of Moses, it is Christ who succeeds in bringing the mystical revelation of Sinai to its highest pitch of perfection. Rodan next demonstrates how each of these cultures declines. (...) Rodan has effectively presented the entire cultural history of the West in a way that is easy to read and thoroughly compelling. Quite simply, this book is one of the best sources for a sound understanding of cultural history.' (CONSTANTIN BRUNNER info). From the library of the late Prof. Dr. Tony Reekmans.