Rebirth of Value: Meditations on Beauty, Ecology, Religion and Education
(State University of New York Press, 1991)
The second of Fred's four prose statements of his philosophical principles. The essay on Beauty is the most succinct version of his neuroevolutionary/chaos theory system of aesthetics; the essays on environmentalism have become classics in the fields of landscape architecture and ecological restoration; the essays on performative pedagogy are now being used in a variety of disciplines, including Asian Studies and Performance Studies; the essay on Virginia Woolf's "immortal conversation" won the Missouri Review Essay Prize; the essay on the human sciences may have been the first application of chaos theory to social and historical studies, and broke new ground in the field of sociology. Originally titled Reconstructive Postmodernism, this book reluctantly abandons the term "postmodern" as an accurate name for the new era; eventually Fred settled for "natural classicism" as his preferred term.