Parmenides of Elea: Belief, Being and Pragmatism – Ancient Philosophy in a Modern World
The book introduces 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. The works thus not only sheds new light on a profound and seminal thinker but also takes him out of the stifling tradition of academic philosophy. 18,000 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 scheduled for 2024.
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.