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Berman, Morris 1944-

Works: 59 works in 230 publications in 7 languages and 7,344 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Commentator
Classifications: E169.12, 973.92
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Most widely held works by Morris Berman
The twilight of American culture by Morris Berman( Book )

39 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Whether examining the corruption at the heart of modern politics, the "Rambification" of popular entertainment or the collapse of our school systems, Berman's analysis makes it clear that there is little we can do as a society to stave off the relentless momentum of the mass-mind culture that grows with each gargantuan corporate merger. Our only recourse, he argues, is cultural preservation, which is a matter of individual conscience, including a refusal to base our lives on profit or consumerism. The possibility for long-term cultural renewal lies in the emergence of a "new monastic individual" not unlike the movement that developed during the early Middle Ages, and that managed to preserve a few precious treasures in anticipation of a new cultural dawn. Twilight of American Culture is a provocative reflection on present dilemmas and future possibilities."--Jacket
The reenchantment of the world by Morris Berman( Book )

39 editions published between 1981 and 2007 in 6 languages and held by 1,086 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pleidooi voor een wereld waarin de afstand van de mens tot de natuur, zichzelf en zijn medemens wordt overbrugd vanuit een holistische stellingname
Dark ages America : the final phase of empire by Morris Berman( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 1,001 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Historians now recognize that the fall of Rome, and the subsequent onset of the Dark Ages in Europe, cannot be ascribed to any single cause. The truth is that Rome no longer knew how to live; its decline was the result of a general malaise and structural weakness that grew over time. In Dark Ages America, Morris Berman argues that much the same can be said of the United States today. As religion triumphs over reason and democracy turns into plutocracy, the nation has entered a phase in its historical development from which there is no return." "A particular strength of this book lies in the connections Berman makes between the large-scale processes of national collapse, such as an overextended economy and a self-destructive foreign policy, and the obvious deterioration of our daily lives: the frenzied acceleration of work, the erosion of integrity and community, and the impoverishment of the mass media. As the corporate-consumerist juggernaut that now defines the nation rolls on, removing meaning from our lives and leaving no real alternatives in its wake, the very factors that once propelled America to greatness - extreme individualism, territorial and economic expansion, and the pursuit of material wealth - are now, paradoxically, the nails in our collective coffin. Like the citizens of ancient Rome, we too no longer know how to live; and within a few decades the United States will be marginalized on the world stage, its hegemony replaced by China or the European Union." "Our options at this point, Berman suggests, are two: to continue pursuing policies that are short-sighted and destructive, thereby guaranteeing a fairly rapid decline; or to attempt some slight modifications of these policies, thereby rendering that decline a bit more gradual. What is not an option is reversing this trajectory, for the levers of social and political change have effectively vanished from the scene. There is, in short, no rabbit to be pulled out of a hat here; our eclipse is a fait accompli."--Jacket
Social change and scientific organization : the Royal Institution, 1799-1844 by Morris Berman( Book )

22 editions published between 1971 and 1978 in English and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coming to our senses : body and spirit in the hidden history of the West by Morris Berman( Book )

27 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An ambitious and provocative analysis of the relationship between culture, mind, and body in the history of Western society, Morris Berman’s influential classic 'Coming to our Senses' has been engrossing audiences with its carefully-researched and thoughtful exploration of somatic experience for decades. Finally back in print for a new generation of readers, Berman’s treatise on the West’s historic denial of physicality is relevant as ever in a society increasingly plagued by addiction, depression, and distraction. Berman deftly weaves threads of history, philosophy, and psychoanalysis into an elegant and accessible argument about the ways our physical experience of the world relates to the culture in which we exist. --Page 4 of cover
Why America failed : the roots of imperial decline by Morris Berman( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the historical development of American culture and how elements of what has made the United States a leading player in world affairs, including economic liberalism and free enterprise, have ultimately contributed to its decline
Wandering God : a study in nomadic spirituality by Morris Berman( Book )

8 editions published in 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The third book in Morris Berman's trilogy on the evolution of human consciousness, Wandering God continues his earlier work. Here, in a discussion of our hunter-gatherer ancestry and the "paradoxical" mode of perception that it involved, Berman shows how a sense of alertness, or secular/sacred immediacy, subsequently got buried by the rise of sedentary civilization, religion, and vertical power relationships." "Wandering God explores the meaning of Paleolithic art, the origins of social inequality, the nature of cross-cultural child rearing, the relationship between women and agriculture, and the world view of present-day nomadic peoples, as well as the emergence of "paradoxical" consciousness in the philosophical writings of the twentieth century."--Jacket
Finstere Zeiten für Amerika : Ende einer imperialistischen Ära by Morris Berman( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in German and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Treffpunkt Zukunft : die Ganzheit des Lebens erfassen ; Aspekte aus Naturwissenschaft, Philosophie, Medizin und Psychologie( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in German and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spinning straw into gold : straight talk for troubled times by Morris Berman( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book offers no formula for success, as it is traditionally defined, and no promise that you can shape your destiny by the power of your mind. Goals such as these, in the view of the author, only reflect the spiritual emptiness of contemporary American life. What the book does offer is one man's meditation of the meaning of his life to date, and an opportunity for the reader to reflect on the meaning of his or her own life in turn. Success, i.e., living in reality, demands an awareness of the depth and complexity of that life: a coming to terms with it as it actually exists, with all its strange contradictions and surprising twists of fate. Spinning Straw Into Gold is thus not a feel-good book. Rather, it is a search-your-soul and ponder-your-being book. For those who have the courage to allow it to stimulate true reflection, it may be rewarding in unexpected ways. It is for those who seek richness in reality, rather than in the pipe dreams of mass society, that this book is written.--Back cover
Neurotic beauty : an outsider looks at Japan by Morris Berman( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a remarkable reevaluation of Japan's role in the modern world. It includes a new assessment of the events leading up to the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima, and of the potential role of Japanese philosophy in creating a dynamic approach to human nature and our understanding of reality. The book also shows the interrelatedness of various facets of Japanese history and society, including psychological orientation, pop culature, and Japan's vibrant craft tradition. Finally, it concludes with a possible prediction, that whereas the United States will not be able to escape from its neoliberal economic categories and its commitment to a self-defeating philosophy of "growth." Japan might surprise us, and turn out to be the frontrunner in the development of post-capitalist alternatives in the 21st century. Written in a personal and accessible style, the book is likely to provide a focus for debate about issues of economy, ecology, and sustainability for years to come
Berman method of violin finger patterns by Morris Berman( Book )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cuerpo y espíritu : la historia oculta de occidente by Morris Berman( Book )

6 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in Spanish and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traducción de: Coming to Our Senses: Body and Spirit in the Hidden History of the West, ©1989
Les premiers signes du tabès by Morris Berman( Book )

5 editions published in 1929 in French and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historia de la conciencia : de la paradoja al complejo de autoridad sagrada by Morris Berman( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in Spanish and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Las raíces del fracaso americano by Morris Berman( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in Spanish and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bildung und Zukunft : ist das Universum uns freundlich gesonnen?( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in German and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mars Hill audio journal 49 March/April 2001( Recording )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Counting blessings by Morris Berman( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The twilight of American culture
Alternative Names
Berman, Morris

Morris Berman Amerikaans historicus

Morris Berman US-amerikanischer Essayist und Kulturkritiker

موریس برمن

버만, 모리스 1944-

버먼, 모리스 1944-

バーマン, モリス


English (123)

Spanish (31)

German (21)

French (5)

Japanese (3)

Dutch (2)

Korean (1)

The reenchantment of the worldDark ages America : the final phase of empireWhy America failed : the roots of imperial declineWandering God : a study in nomadic spirituality