The DIM Hypothesis Why the Lights of the West Are Going Out

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  • Copyright: 2012-09-04
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With his groundbreaking and controversial DIM hypothesis, Dr. Leonard Peikoff casts a penetrating new light on the process of human thought, and thereby on Western culture and history. In this far-reaching study, Peikoff identifies the three methods people use to integrate concrete data into a whole, as when connecting diverse experiments by a scientific theory, or separate laws into a Constitution, or single events into a story. The first method, in which data is integrated through rational means, he calls Integration. The second, which employs non-rational means, he calls Misintegration. The third is Disintegration-which is nihilism, the desire to tear things apart. In The DIM HypothesisPeikoff demonstrates the power of these three methods in shaping the West, by using the categories to examine the culturally representative fields of literature, physics, education, and politics. His analysis illustrates how the historical trends in each field have been dominated by one of these three categories, not only today but during the whole progression of Western culture from its beginning in Ancient Greece. Extrapolating from the historical pattern he identifies, Peikoff concludes by explaining why the lights of the West are going out-and predicts the most likely future for the United States.

Author Biography

Leonard Peikoff is universally recognized as the pre-eminent Rand scholar writing today. He worked closely with Ayn Rand for 30 years and was designated by her as her intellectual heir and heir to her estate. He has taught philosophy at Hunter College, Long Island University, and New York University, and hosted the national radio talk show "Philosophy: Who Needs It."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Integrationp. 3
The Three Archetypesp. 23
The Two Mixturesp. 44
DIM and the Hypothesisp. 64
Dim in Modern Culture
Literaturep. 81
Physicsp. 106
Educationp. 131
Politicsp. 153
Dim in Pre-Modern Culture
Greecep. 185
Romep. 210
The Middle Agesp. 230
The Future
Identifying a Culture's Essencep. 251
The West's Modal Progressionp. 266
Secular Modes in the United States Todayp. 287
The Anti-Secular Rebellionp. 308
What's Nextp. 333
Endnotesp. 349
General Indexp. 367
Index of DIM Termsp. 377
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