Table of Contents

Preface, Acknowledgements, and Dedication.

Overture: A Meditation Upon A Lake

§ 1. Why should I return to the city?
§ 2. How deep do the absurdities go?
§ 3. What questions to ask?

First Movement: What is Civilization?

§ 4. Some Academic Views
§ 5. The Big Picture: Cities and Monuments
§ 6. The Small Picture: Etiquette, Manners, and Excellence
§ 7. The First House
§ 8. The Ancient Great Wall
§ 9. Thinking Shall Replace Killing
§ 10. Walls and Circles
§ 11. Plans for the Rational City
§ 12. Dreams of the Celestial City
§ 13. Tales of the State of Nature
§ 14. Civilization Without Cities
§ 15. Gathering the Fragments
§ 16. The Essence of Civilization

An Interlude

§ 17. Far from the city, and far from home.
§ 18. Prague And Empire
§ 19. Three Temples, Three Shrines

Second Movement: What’s Wrong With Civilization?

§ 20. Models of the Civilized Man
§ 21. A Thought Experiment
§ 22. Facing The People
§ 23. Facing the Earth And Sky
§ 24. Facing the Darkness
§ 25. Planting the Fields
§ 26. Crowning the King
§ 27. Building the Wall
§ 28. The Illusion Which Exalts Us
§ 29. Two views of the Noble Lie
§ 30. Rationality And Despair
§ 31. The Illusion of No Alternative

Another Interlude

§ 32. Pastoralia.
§ 33. New Horizons
§ 34. This Is What Love Looks Like

Third Movement: What Shall We Do About It?

§ 35. Dance Macabre
§ 36. Progressive Negations
§ 37. Facing the Immensities
§ 38. Songs from the Wood
§ 39. Responding to the Immensities
§ 40. The Deliberate Civilization

Reclaiming Civilization

A case for optimism for the future of humanity.

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    About the Author

    Brendan Myers is the author of seventeen books in philosophy, environmental ethics, history of ideas, spirituality, urban fantasy fiction, and game design. He earned his Ph.D in philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and now serves as a professor at Cégep Heritage College, in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. He lives in a library, next door to a forest.