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The Book of Absolutes


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Acknowledgments; Introduction 1 A Brief History of Relativism; 2 The Main Types of Relativism; 3 Objections to Relativism; 4 The Universals of Human Life and Culture; 5 The Constants of Nature; 6 The War over Biology: Setting the Stage; 7 Hardwired: The Universals of Human Biology, Sex, and Brain Sex; 8 Universals of Law: The Natural Law and the Moral Law; 9 The Natural Law and the Moral Law at Work in the World; 10 How Language Theory Changed the (Post) Modern World; 11 German Philosophy and the Relativist Revolt against Western Civilization; 12 The Sacred Text: The French Nietzsche and the French Heidegger; 13 Po-Mo and the Return to Absolutes; 14 The Universals of Language; 15 A Postscript, with a Word about the Universals of Literature, Myth, and Symbol Appendix: Some Universals and Constants of Nature and Human Nature; Notes; Index

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A lively challenge to postmodern opinion that reveals satisfying and reliable certainties.

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William D. Gairdner is a best-selling author, businessman, and independent scholar . His most recent books are Canada's Founding Debates and The Trouble with Democracy.


"Strikingly original and important." Tom Flanagan, University of Calgary "Gairdner's intellectual range and control his material is breathtaking ... almost no one writing today has the command of the literature in as many disciplines as this author has." Ian Gentles, York University

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