Beyond Fate by Margaret VisserBeyond Fate by Margaret Visser

Beyond Fate

byMargaret Visser

Paperback | October 23, 2002

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In spite of modern ideals and achievements in the area of freedom and choice, people today are often afflicted with a sense that they cannot change things for the better. They feel helpless, constrained, caught -- in a word, fatalistic. Beyond Fate, Margaret Visser's 2002 CBC Massey Lectures, examines why.

This timely and important book investigates what fate means, and where the propensity to believe in it and accept it comes from. Visser takes an ancient metaphor -- ubiquitous, influential, perhaps unavoidable -- where time is "seen" and spoken of as though it were space; she examines how this way of picturing reality can be a useful tool to think with -- or, on the other hand, may lead us into disastrous misunderstandings. There are ways out. But first, by observing how fatalism manifests itself in our daily lives, in everything from table manners and shopping to sport, we understand our profound attachment to fate, so that we can consider its role in our lives and our cultures.

Margaret Visser is the author of the bestselling books: The Geometry of Love, finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize; Much Depends on Dinner, winner of the Glenfiddich Prize for Food Book of the Year; The Rituals of Dinner, winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals' Literary Food Writing Award and the Jane Grigso...
Title:Beyond FateFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.13 × 5.13 × 0.5 inPublished:October 23, 2002Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0887846793

ISBN - 13:9780887846793

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An fascinating little book with much to consider This fascinating little book packs lots of food for thought. I find Margaret Visser's style of writing very easy and quite enjoyable to read; never dry, never too technical. Although the topic of this book, fate , is discussed by the author in the context of many different cultures over much of human history, I never felt overwhelmed or lost in too much information. I did find however that I'd often stop and think about what I'd read, sometimes after just a paragraph or two. There's lots to enjoy and discover here. This wonderful little book is worth reading twice - I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2003-11-22