From an anthropological point of view, as a sculptor my job is to make images that embody the truths for which the society I live in stands. Yet even thirty years ago there was precious little for which society stood and so I was compelled to set about finding truth for myself. After two years I had something that I could call truth and duly returned to art. Soon enough however I realised that the art world was going in a direction that I was not prepared to go. Turning to film, I made a number of short films only to find that the world of experimental film was going the same way. Turning to the written word, I wrote a novella and an experimental novel, which over the years I re-wrote extensively. Learning Ancient Greek not only helped me find my artistic style, it also lead to me I being re-confronted with the problems that I had addressed in my youth and thirty years down the line, I set about formulating my views into a coherent system.

Questing for Truth: Parmenides of Elea, Sappho of Lesbos

The book begins by introducing Parmenides and his work in the context of Greek philosophy and of Elea’s position as a relatively young Greek colony in the South of Italy. All aspects of Parmenides‘ poem are examined and are informed by the insights of a variety of authors. Diagrams illustrate a number of key points and the relevance of Parmenides‘ philosophy for us today is discussed. At the end, there is a loose and lively translation of Parmenides‘ poem. Not herself a philosopher, Sappho nevertheless led her life according to principles that derive from philosophy and strove for good, truth and beauty and her work stands as an example of a conception of truth that is essential to Parmenides‘ philosophy but which today is long forgotten. To this effect, a selection of new restorations of Sappho’s poems by Albert von Schirnding have been translated into English and further serve as an introduction to Sappho and her life and times. 20,000 words, soon to be available as a print on demand book.

Plato: his Life, Times and Philosophy

Since the Renaissance Plato has increasingly become the preserve of scholars who do not see the significance of his work in science and mathematics. Re-adjusting this bias, the book presents a completely new approach to Plato and his philosophy. In connection with Greek architecture, the un-translated and forgotten work of Ernst Mössel is introduced. 60,000 words, not yet published.

Order at the Heart of Chaos: Life and Consciousness in an Exploding Universe

The work is a stop-check of scientific materialism, with the central questions being: „Is modern day materialism capable of explaining the occurrence of i) life and ii) consciousness?“ Beginning with the Big Bang of modern physics and the hugely important concept of entropy, chaos theory and the behaviour of non-linear, dynamic systems are introduced. An evolutionary-based view of our place in the world sees us as problem-solvers with the origins of this ability being traced back to Homo erectus and providing a new foundation for our sense of ethics and aesthetics. 98,000 words, not yet published.

Rediscovering History in Krems and the Wachau

This book is part of an initiative to give the concept of responsible tourism a more definite shape. Written in English, it is to be translated into German and is intended as a quality guide with illustrations, drawings and photographs by the author. Combining recent research from a range of disciplines with a variety of innovative approaches of his own, Alexander Curtis reviews 40,000 years of history. Well-known artefacts are looked at in new ways and hardly known things, places and events are introduced, with the whole giving a step by step account of the region’s development in a way that is paradigmatic for a whole continent. Among the techniques used are etymology, archaeological astronomy and the author’s long experience of untangling the layers of history encoded in the mythologies of long ago. 56,000 words, publication in planning.

The Legacy of Plato and the Triumph of the Renaissance

After summarising the main aspects of Plato’s philosophy, this book shows how an appreciation of Plato and the problems he was dealing with enables a number of otherwise unexplained aspects of the Renaissance to be understood. Despite being written for the general reader, the original nature of numerous insights mean that the work will also be of interest to those who are already knowledgeable on Plato and the art and philosophy of the Renaissance. 94,000 words, not yet published.