Beyond Fate by Margaret Visser
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Many people today are afflicted with a sense that they cannot change things for the better. They feel helpless, constrained, caught — in a word, fatalistic. Beyond Fate examines why. In her characteristically lively prose, Margaret Visser investigates what fate means to us, and where the propensity to believe in it and accept it comes from. She takes an ancient metaphor where time is "seen" and spoken of as though it were space and examines how this way of picturing reality can be a useful tool to think with - or, on the other hand, how it may lead people into disastrous misunderstandings. By observing how fatalism expresses itself in one's daily life, in everything from table manners to shopping to sport, the book proposes ways to limit its influence. Beyond Fate provides a timely and provocative perspective on modern life, both personal and social.

About Margaret Visser

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Margaret Visser is the author of three previous books: "Much Depends on Dinner," "Rituals of Dinner," and "The Way We Are," She lives in Barcelona.
Published April 5, 2005 by House of Anansi Press. 184 pages
Genres: Self Help, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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