The Asking Mystery: A Philosophical Inquiry

The Asking Mystery: A Philosophical Inquiry

by Michael Gelven
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0271019867

ISBN-13: 9780271019864

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: Penn State University Press

How do we ask the great questions? What does it mean to ask so profoundly? What does it mean for us to ask at all? Michael Gelven confronts these questions as he explores humans as self-reflecting thinkers. He recognizes two central phenomena as fundamental: the recognition of our own possibility lying within our existence and the realization of our suspension

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How do we ask the great questions? What does it mean to ask so profoundly? What does it mean for us to ask at all? Michael Gelven confronts these questions as he explores humans as self-reflecting thinkers. He recognizes two central phenomena as fundamental: the recognition of our own possibility lying within our existence and the realization of our suspension between total ignorance and complete knowledge.

Using concrete analyses, Gelven investigates the questions we ask that may seem initially unanswerable but are ultimately confronted through our own self-realization. Asking becomes fundamental when we shift from relying on projected schemes, such as clocks and calendars that enable answers to ordinary questions about time, to an ongoing, nonschematic reflection on our own existence. Not only are Platonic, Kantian, Nietzschean, and Heideggerian analyses considered, but so are David’s psalms, Auden’s poetry, and Shakespeare’s plays. Gelven asserts that fundamental asking is essential to our being: we must ask greatly first, for the great explains the lesser; the small does not account for the large.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271019864
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(6)
Asking
7(8)
Possibility
15(16)
Hearing
31(14)
Surprise
45(8)
Ordinary Questions
53(18)
The Asker
71(12)
Inquiry
83(18)
Gratitude
101(18)
Reasoning
119(14)
Seven Questions
133(24)
Mystery
157(16)
Index 173

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