Acceptance (The Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 3) by Jeff VanderMeer

By Jeff VanderMeer

It's iciness in sector X, the mysterious desolate tract that has defied cause of thirty years, rebuffing day trip after day trip, refusing to bare its secrets and techniques. As sector X expands, the organization tasked with investigating and overseeing it--the Southern Reach--has collapsed on itself in confusion. Now one final, determined workforce crosses the border, decided to arrive a distant island that can carry the solutions they've been looking. in the event that they fail, the outer international is in peril.

Meanwhile, popularity tunnels ever deeper into the situations surrounding the construction of quarter X--what initiated this unnatural upheaval? one of several who've attempted, who has gotten as regards to figuring out quarter X--and who can have been corrupted through it?

In this final installment of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern succeed in trilogy, the mysteries of sector X could be solved, yet their results and implications aren't any much less profound--or terrifying.

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In the absence of a firm separation between the mind and the world, there would be no mind–world gap to bridge and, indeed, no “epistemology” as such. If “mind” and “world” are not two separate and distinct things, then it literally makes no sense to speak of the world as independently existing, since mind would be always and already intertwined with the world; nor would it make sense to subordinate epistemological and methodological concerns to the specific features of the world, since those features cannot be sensibly referred to outside of the context of the practices of knowledge-production that we employ when investigating them.

We want to understand in its particularity the encompassing actuality of the life in which we are placed—on one hand, the coherence and cultural significance of individual occurrences in their contemporary Playing with fire 21 configuration, and on the other hand, the reasons for those occurrences being historically so and not otherwise. (Weber 1999a, 170–171) For Weber, then, there is no fundamental opposition between “explaining” and “understanding,” as both are equally scientific. Instead of reading Weber as a partisan for one or another specific kind of social science, as Hollis and Smith (1990, 72–82) do, we should understand Weber’s project as the attempt to define a basic and broad notion of “social science” within which we might then discuss or debate (for example) the extent to which we ought to take an actor’s description of her or his action as a point of departure for our analysis.

But in the realm of scientific analysis, the order is inverted: what matters most of all is the systematic application of a set of theories and concepts so as to produce a “thoughtful ordering of empirical actuality” (Weber 1999a, 160). Weber elaborates: The social science that we want to concern ourselves with is a science of actuality. We want to understand in its particularity the encompassing actuality of the life in which we are placed—on one hand, the coherence and cultural significance of individual occurrences in their contemporary Playing with fire 21 configuration, and on the other hand, the reasons for those occurrences being historically so and not otherwise.

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