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By Dennis Smith

at the 10th anniversary of 9-11, a portrait of tragedy, survival, and therapeutic from the writer of The manhattan Times bestseller Report from floor Zero.

This 12 months marks the 10th anniversary of the assaults at the global exchange middle and the Pentagon, an celebration that's certain to be saw around the globe. yet one of the memorials, political speeches, and information editorials, the main urgent attention- and sometimes the main overlooked-is the lives and health of the 9-11 first responders, their households, and the victims' households over the prior decade.

Dennis Smith, a former firefighter and the writer of the bestselling Report from flooring Zero, addresses this significant subject in a chain of interviews with the heroes and households of these most influenced through the tragedy both via feats of bravery within the rescue efforts or heroic bearing up within the face of incredible loss. Smith presents an intimate examine a poor second in heritage and its not easy and tough aftermath, permitting those survivors to percentage their tales of loss, patience, and resilience of their personal phrases. A Decade of Hope is a decent and extremely important examine a decade within the lives of these for whom a countrywide tragedy used to be a devastatingly own ordeal.

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Modernity and Foundations 23 the Enlightenment project collapses when subjected to self-critique, postmodernism cannot justifiably maintain that modernity is to be measured by the Enlightenment and that autonomous reason cannot be given an internally consistent account and a coherent realization. Modernity beyond Enlightenment and Post-Modernism What post-modernism never even considers is the key to modernity’s break with tradition, a key that the Enlightenment equally ignores. This is the revolutionary insight that self-determination does not and can not have foundations.

Pre-modern philosophy was content to seek the principle of reality without worrying about what came first in thinking. Water, atoms, being, becoming, spirit, substance, the divine, to name just a few favored options, were advanced in turn as ultimate foundations of what is. Yet, since each candidate for first principle of ontology had to have a non-derivative content, resting on nothing else and being that on which all else rests, nothing could certify the supremacy of one alternative over another.

138–97. For a concise presentation of the argument, as it bears upon the religious cult, see Fackenheim, The Religious Dimension in Hegel’s Thought, pp. 123–5. 44 Modernity, Religion, and the War on Terror of absolute significance, the more divinity diverges from rational agency, the more humanity’s alignment with the divine will involve a renunciation of both the institutions of freedom and the privatization of faith that secular emancipation and religious freedom involve. Although it may be historically contingent what forms of religion have arisen and continue to be practiced, the possible ways of construing the divine allow for varieties of religious faith that present very unequal challenges to modernity.

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