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Will Durant

Datum narození: 5. listopad 1885
Datum úmrtí: 7. listopad 1981
Další jména:ویل دورانت

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William James Durant byl americký historik a filozof. Jeho nejznámější prací je jedenáctidílné monumentální dílo The Story of Civilization, které napsal se svou ženou Ariel Durantovou v letech 1935-1975. Za jeden z dílů této série, Rousseau and Revolution, získal roku 1968 Pulitzerovu cenu v kategorii literatura faktu. Podobný ohlas měla práce The Story of Philosophy o dějinách filozofie. Psal i díla filozofická, především ho zajímal střet mezi náboženstvím a vědou a vztah civilizace k náboženskosti - naši civilizaci viděl spíše jako úpadkovou právě proto, že se postavila proti náboženství, což v jeho představě nutně vede k chaosu, zániku civilizace a jejímu převálcování civilizací novou, která s novými mýty obnoví "naději", a tím i civilizační dynamiku.

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Citáty Will Durant

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„Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.“

— Will Durant
Context: Sixty years ago I knew everything. Now I know nothing. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. Quoted in "Books: The Great Gadfly", Time magazine, 8 October 1965 (review of The Age of Voltaire by Will and Ariel Durant)

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„How much more suffering is caused by the thought of death than by death itself.“

— Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

„Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.“

— Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

„We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.“

— Will Durant
Context: Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have these because we have acted rightly; 'these virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions'; we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit: 'the good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life... for as it is not one swallow or one fine day that makes a spring, so it is not one day or a short time that makes a man blessed and happy'. p. 87. The quoted phrases within the quotation are from the Nicomachean Ethics, Book II, 4; Book I, 7.

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„If the average man had had his way there would probably never have been any state. Even today he resents it, classes death with taxes, and yearns for that government which governs least. If he asks for many laws it is only because he is sure that his neighbor needs them; privately he is an unphilosophical anarchist, and thinks laws in his own case superfluous.“

— Will Durant
Context: If the average man had had his way there would probably never have been any state. Even today he resents it, classes death with taxes, and yearns for that government which governs least. If he asks for many laws it is only because he is sure that his neighbor needs them; privately he is an unphilosophical anarchist, and thinks laws in his own case superfluous. In the simplest societies there is hardly any government. Primitive hunters tend to accept regulation only when they join the hunting pack and prepare for action. The Bushmen usually live in solitary families; the Pygmies of Africa and the simplest natives of Australia admit only temporarily of political organization, and then scatter away to their family groups; the Tasmanians had no chiefs, no laws, no regular government; the Veddahs of Ceylon formed small circles according to family relationship, but had no government; the Kubus of Sumatra "live without men in authority" every family governing itself; the Fuegians are seldom more than twelve together; the Tungus associate sparingly in groups of ten tents or so; the Australian "horde" is seldom larger than sixty souls. In such cases association and cooperation are for special purposes, like hunting; they do not rise to any permanent political order. Ch. III : The Political Elements of Civilization, p. 21

„The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history.“

— Will Durant
Context: The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex of order and freedom, culture and peace, can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within. Will Durant, The Story of Civilization: Our Oriental Heritage page 459.

„All the relations of men and women are being changed by this one factor“

— Will Durant
Context: The invention and spread of contraceptives is the proximate cause of our changing morals. The old moral code restricted sexual experience to marriage, because copulation could not be effectively separated from parentage, and parentage could be made responsible only through marriage. But to-day the dissociation of sex from reproduction has created a situation unforeseen by our fathers. All the relations of men and women are being changed by this one factor; and the moral code of the future will have to take account of these new facilities which invention has placed at the service of ancient desires. Our Changing Morals, in The Mansions of Philosophy: A Survey of Human Life and Destiny, (1929), Simon and Schuster, New York, ch. 5. p. 119.

„History has been too often a picture of the bloody stream. The history of civilization is a record of what happened on the banks.“

— Will Durant
Context: Perhaps the cause of our contemporary pessimism is our tendency to view history as a turbulent stream of conflicts — between individuals in economic life, between groups in politics, between creeds in religion, between states in war. This is the more dramatic side of history; it captures the eye of the historian and the interest of the reader. But if we turn from that Mississippi of strife, hot with hate and dark with blood, to look upon the banks of the stream, we find quieter but more inspiring scenes: women rearing children, men building homes, peasants drawing food from the soil, artisans making the conveniences of life, statesmen sometimes organizing peace instead of war, teachers forming savages into citizens, musicians taming our hearts with harmony and rhythm, scientists patiently accumulating knowledge, philosophers groping for truth, saints suggesting the wisdom of love. History has been too often a picture of the bloody stream. The history of civilization is a record of what happened on the banks. As quoted in "The Gentle Philosopher" (2006) by John Little at Will Durant Foundation

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