Haim GordonRivca Gordon

The Refusal to See in Science and Art

A Personal Reflection

2018,  212  Seiten,  broschiert,  34,90 €,  ISBN 978-3-8309-3875-0

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The book describes the refusal to see truths in areas of contemporary science and contemporary art. The first section shows that many contemporary scientists refuse to acknowledge the existence of mystery in the factual world and in the area they are researching.The text indicates that scientists often present and rely on gigantic incomprehensible numbers and misleading language to seemingly prove their propositions. Among other areas in which scientists refuse to see truths, the book discusses the Big Bang and evolutionary theory. The second section describes the fact that today many persons who create art and write about it have decided that beauty has nothing to do with art. This decsision is rejected and held to be false; as philosophers from Plato to Sartre stated, the truth is that beauty is central to a work of art. A discussion of the essence of beauty which is based on the thinking, among others of Plato and Somerset Maugham, strongly condemns this refusal to see beauty by contemporary artists and writers on art.


Haim Gordon is professor emeritus at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. He has published, at times in collaboration with colleagues, 28 books and more than 150 papers in professional journals and books on philosophical, educational and political topics. He resides with his wife in Eilat, Israel.

Rivca Gordon is an independent scholar who has co-authored several books with Haim Gordon. She has also published articles on existentialist philosophy and existentialist thinking in professional journals.

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