Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age

Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age


How previous are you?  The extra inspiration you convey to endure at the query, the tougher it really is to respond to.  For we age concurrently in several methods: biologically, psychologically, socially. And we age in the better framework of a tradition, in the course of a background that predates us and should live longer than us. checked out via that lens, many elements of overdue modernity might recommend that we're older than ever, yet Robert Pogue Harrison argues that we're additionally getting startlingly younger—in appears, mentality, and behaviour. we are living, he says, in an age of juvenescence.
 
like several of Robert Pogue Harrison's books, Juvenescence levels brilliantly throughout cultures and historical past, tracing the ways in which the spirits of teen and age have inflected one another from antiquity to the current. Drawing at the medical thought of neotony, or the retention of youngster features via maturity, and increasing it into the cultural realm, Harrison argues that formative years is vital for culture’s cutting edge force and flashes of genius. while, even if, youth—which Harrison sees as extra protracted than ever—is a luxurious that calls for the soundness and knowledge of our elders and the associations. “While genius liberates the novelties of the future,” Harrison writes, “wisdom inherits the legacies of the prior, renewing them within the means of handing them down.”
 
A heady, deeply realized day trip, wealthy with principles and insights, Juvenescence may well in basic terms were written through Robert Pogue Harrison. No reader who has puzzled at our culture's obsession with early life should still leave out it.

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