The Point of Vanishing: A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude by Howard Axelrod

By Howard Axelrod

Into the Wild meets Portrait of the Artist as a tender Man-a lyrical memoir of a lifestyles replaced directly and of the perilous great thing about looking for id in solitude
On a transparent may possibly afternoon on the finish of his junior 12 months at Harvard, Howard Axelrod performed a pick-up online game of basketball. In a skirmish for a unfastened ball, a boy's finger hooked at the back of Axelrod's eyeball and left him completely blinded in his correct eye. every week later, he lower back to an analogous dorm room, yet to another international. a global the place not anything appeared stable, the place the space among how humans observed him and the way he observed had widened right into a gulf. determined for a feeling of orientation he may possibly belief, he retreated to a jerry-rigged residence within the Vermont woods, the place he lived with no machine or tv, and principally with no human touch, for 2 years. He had to locate, clear of society's pressures and rush, a feeling of which means that couldn't be replaced in an instant.

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40. Deseartes was named only in earlier drafts. 35 Discours, Sect. 36; Discourse on Metaphysics (ed. and trans. 82. 36 Discours, Sect 37; Discourse on Metaphysics (ed. and trans. 83. 37 See, for instance, his discussion of faith and reason in New Essays Conceming Human Understanding, Book IV, Ch. Xviii. 38 The demonstrations of natural immortality based on the simplicity of the soul are frequent in Leibniz's writings. See for instance, his Prefaee to the New Essays Conceming Human Understanding.

18 Traite de la nature et de la Gräce, I xliii; Oeuvres Completes (ed. 63; Treatise (trans. 137. 19 Oeuvres de Descanes (ed. 201; Philosophical Writings 0/ Descanes (trans. 108. 270f. 21 Nieolas Malebranche, The Search after Truth, ed. and trans. by Thomas M. Lennon and Paul J. 448. 22 See Patriek Riley, The General Will Be/ore Rousseau: The Transformation of the Divine into the Civic (New Jersey: Princeton UP, 1986). 46. , 1 I, in Oeuvres CompLetes (ed. 215; Dialogues on Metaphysics and Religion (trans.

Are no more than the effects ofGod's wil1. 34 The political metaphor is more extended in Leibniz than in Malebranche and is taken in a different direction. Whereas Malebranche's God is an absolute monarch, caring for nothing more than the magnification of his own glory, Leibniz has it that the King of Heaven cares for nothing more than the Stuart Brown 13 happiness of his subjects. Whereas Malebranche's God is accountable only to bimself, Leibniz's God is almost accountable to bis subjects. In concocting the word 'theodicy' Leibniz was not just giving the name to an existing branch of natural theology but in some measure changing its character.

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