|About the Book|
Since the mid-1970s an amazing philosopher has blazed across the philosophic sky—Stephen R. L. Clark. To date he has written twelve books, including From Athens to Jerusalem, Aristotles Man, Animals and Their Moral Standing, Civil Peace and Sacred Order, Gods World and the Great Awakening, The Mysteries of Religion, The Moral Status of Animals, The Nature of the Beast, and A Parliament of Souls, as well as dozens of articles. Critics find him arresting, profound, amusing, and, paradoxically, irritating. In this first critical work on Stephen Clark, Daniel Dombrowski provides a complete view of this intriguing philosopher and his work. Primarily, Clarks writing has focussed on three seemingly distinct philosophical spheres: philosophy of religion, the moral status of animals, and political philosophy. Unfortunately however, those familiar with one realm of his work, tend not to be familiar with what he has done in the other areas. To truly understand any one of Clarks specific concepts, one must comprehend the overlying philosophy that weaves them together. Dombrowski meticulously and critically assesses a wealth of important ideas and philosophical and theological topics to provide us with a firm grasp of Clarks ideas about God, animals, the environment, and politics. Not Even A Sparrow Falls also tackles the difficult problem of determining Clarks stance among the many ideas he presents with varying degrees of seriousness and with various rhetorical goals in mind, as expressed in The Moral Status of Animals: I am Aristotelian on Mondays and Wednesdays, a Pyrrhonian Sceptic on Tuesdays and Fridays, a Neo- Platonist on Thursdays and Saturdays and worship in the local Episcopalian church on Sundays.