PERSPECTIVISM: THE PHILOSOPHY OF WILL DURANT
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Durant (1885-1981) was one of the most popular educators of the
past century. His book sales number in the tens
of millions, his prose
has inspired everyone from prisoners to Presidents, and his opinions
have been discussed by an equally wide range of individuals – from
young students to Mahatma Gandhi.
The remarkably successful A Visit With Will & Ariel Durant introduced
Will Durant and his extraordinary insights into human life, nature and
ability to a new generation via the magic of video. Now his vision of
history as the greatest educator continues, as Durant brings to light
the lessons and observations he made on the most compelling areas of
human existence. Drawing upon rare Durant archive video and audio
materials (many never released before), PERSPECTIVISM: THE PHILOSOPHY
OF WILL DURANT is an invitation to visit with Dr. Durant again and to
join him as he sheds Perspective on these fascinating topics:
Value of History
• Environmental Influence
• The Constituents of Man
• The Basic Lesson of History
• The Second Lesson of History
Total Running Time: 51:37
The Philosophy Of Will Durant showcases
Will Durant speaking not to philosophers and historians, but to
everyday men and
women who likewise share his wonder and joy in being alive to the full
measure of their human potential. In viewing this film, one
the art of living and of embracing reality, dislodging the false
alternatives of pessimism and optimism and becoming more comfortable
with life as it truly is.
In addition to revealing a better vantage point
from which to view the more meaningful things in life, Perspectivism:
The Philosophy Of Will
Durant also offers viewers the perspective of a man who had studied
long and hard these vital areas of human experience. To be sure, Durant
is no Pangloss; his work is marked by his own special quality
thinker ? he is tough-minded, courageous, and convinced that without
a knowledge of the past there is no wisdom to guide us to the future.
His optimistic insights are extremely valuable and hard-earned,
out of his over half century of studying the nature of man through the
annals of history. For, as Durant once pointed out:
Other studies may tell us how man might behave,
or how he should behave; history tells us how he has behaved for
six thousand years. One
who knows that record is in large measure protected in advance
the delusions and disillusionments of his time.
The Philosophy Of Will Durant, then, represents Will Durant’s carefully considered opinions on the matter of living a more
authentic and meaningful life, a Baedeker to experiencing the joys and
avoiding the pitfalls that await us along life’s journey. It is
profound and yet simple, espousing an all-embracing common sense that
is all but common in these trying times.
HUGE NEWS! LAST UNPUBLISHED DURANT MANUSCRIPT DISCOVERED!
manuscript of Will Durant's last unpublished book has been found.
Fallen Leaves, written when its author was in his early 80s
and long believed to have been lost, was recently discovered in
Los Angeles, California.
in his early eighties, Durant recognized that he was in a race
against the clock to compose while his mind was still clear,
write while his hand was still steady. This last manuscript he entitled
Fallen Leaves, as it represented Durant’s final thoughts on life,
death, love, marriage, children, literature, science, music, art, sex,
religion, morals, war, philosophy, history and God (among other vital
topics). Unfortunately, there was no sign of the manuscript for over a
quarter of a century. Then, during a routine move by the Durant heirs,
the manuscript was discovered, finally bringing to light Will Durant’s
last unpublished book and allowing his huge fan base the opportunity to
read his final work – and thoughts.
Leaves represents Durant’s carefully considered opinions on the
matter of living a more authentic and meaningful life, a guide from an
educated and experienced man to experiencing the joys (and avoiding the
pitfalls) that await us along life’s journey. It is a tour de force,
making this last drop of vintage Will Durant that much more palatable
and fulfilling. Within its pages Will Durant confronts the great
questions of life and answers them in prose that is not only
informative and engrossing, but that also frequently rises to the
heights of great poetry. Durant’s insights are drawn not just from his
vast knowledge of human history but on everyday life experience – from
our the cycle of life and death, to love, marriage and parenting, to
higher education and literature, to US involvement in warfare. Durant’s
insights into the higher meaning of life, death, happiness, coping with
adversity, sex, and religion are perhaps even more vital today,
containing timeless wisdom that seekers of truth (both young and old)
will find deeply compelling and richly rewarding.
literary executor John Little is presently looking for a publisher
who will actively promote the title and publish it with the respect
such a significant manuscript deserves. We will keep you posted
on the book's development through this website.
DURANT QUOTE FEATURED IN TRAILER FOR
NEW MEL GIBSON MOVIE
new trailer for Mel Gibson's directorial follow-up to The
Passion of the Christ was released recently, and it features
a quote by Will Durant. The trailer opens with the following:
great civilization is not conquered from without until it has
destroyed itself from within."
new film, which is currently going through post production, was
filmed entirely in the ancient Mayan language. The film is described
action/adventure film set 600 years ago, prior to the 16th-century
Central America, where a man goes on a perilous journey to
save his idyllic world." The film is tentatively scheduled
to be released in the United States sometime during summer
You can view
the trailer at the Apocalypto
ON THE MEANING OF LIFE BY WILL DURANT
new hardcover book by Will and Ariel Durant is now available
through the Will Durant Foundation. In 1930, a stranger walked
up to the home of Will Durant and asked Durant if he could
good reason not to kill
himself. The encounter so moved Durant that, in 1932, Durant
On the Meaning of Life, a collection of essays from
various public and private figures ruminating on the meaning
of life. Long sought
and hard to come by, this book is one of the most meaningful
books Will Durant ever brought to the public. On the Meaning
of Life is book two of a new series entitled "The
Will Durant Millenium series", which will include new
collections of unpublished Durant material as well as re-issues
of some classic
but hard-to-find Durant titles. Get your copy now!
BOOK IN THE "WILL
DURANT MILLENIUM SERIES"!
ADVENTURES IN PHILOSOPHY
the first time ever, Will Durant's greatest debates, symposiums
dialogues have been compiled into one magnificent book. The
book includes debates between Will Durant and Clarence Darrow
and Durant and Bertrand Russell, to name just a few. Adventures
Philosophy will also include a symposium on the meaning
of religion and a fictional
dialogue, written by Durant, where Durant sits down at the
table with Voltaire, Neitzche, Hegel, Carlyle, Marx and others
minds to decipher the meaning of history. This book should
be available from Promethean Press by fall 2006.
NEW FAN RECOLLECTION IN THE CONTRIBUTIONS SECTION!
TEA WITH THE DURANTS
reporter Geoff Smith has shared with the Will Durant Foundation
his memories of a "raucous" 1975 afternoon of tea and conversation
with Will and Ariel Durant. Please go to the "Contributions"
section of our website to read all about it.