In the Consolation of Ontology, Czech poet-philosopher Egon Bondy examines the substantial model of reality - the notion that there is some sort of substance, some "thing", idea, being, or principle that creates, underlies, transcends, or gives meaning to the universe in which we live. He shows how the substantial model, in both its theistic and mechanical materialist versions, is logically untenable and dangerous in its consequences. From there, Bondy shows how the nonsubstantial alternative - prefigured in the thinking of cultures that developed independently of Greece - is simpler and more logically consistent. More importantly, it is free from the negative consequences of the substantial model and instead opens the way toward genuine human freedom, creativity, and responsibility, toward a corresponding and supportive form of social organization, and toward an unclouded understanding of ontological reality. Previously untranslated, the book asks that we leave behind comfortable assumptions and understand how the struggles for a genuinely human future and for ontological clarity presuppose each other and are mutually interdependent.
Zybnek Fi?er, pen name Egon Bondy, is one of the best known anti-establishment, underground writers in Czechoslovakia. The author of over 40 volumes of poetry, novels, plays, essays, and books, Bondy has had significant influence in the lives of two generations of Czech writers and continues to work against Soviet-style state socialism, "globalism," and consumerism. Benjamin B. Page, is Professor of Philosophy at Quinnipiac University. He is the editor of Four Summers: A Czech Kaleidoscope (1994) and Marxism and Spirituality (1993).
Chapter 1 Meditation Chapter 2 Chapter One: In Medias Res 3; Rationalism 3; A warning to philosophical anthropologists 5... Chapter 3 Chapter Two: The pointlessness of eternity 33; Ad ontologiam 35; Why we do not commit suicide 36... Chapter 4 Chapter Three: The real consolation of ontology begins 47; Significance and obligation 47; "Naturalness" 49... Chapter 5 Chapter Four: What God is and is not 79; No need for anthropomorphism 80; Intelligibility: the author corrupted by obscurantists 82... Chapter 6 Chapter Five: And yet God is! 115; The sleeping God for the second time. Reincarnation 115; Buddha's challenge to the sleeping God 119... Chapter 7 Chapter Six: ...and its genealogy 135; The substantial model is always dualistic 136; Two realities: aseity and abaliety 137... Chapter 8 Chapter Seven: The place of humankind in reality 221; The problem from the perspective of historical materialism 224..