The Ever-Present Origin / Edition 1by Jean Gebser
Pub. Date: 02/01/1986
Publisher: Ohio University Press
In 1929 Gebser emigrated to Italy and
Born in Posen in 1905, Jean Gebser came from an old Franconian family domiciled in Thuringia since 1236. A nephew of German chancellor von Bethmann-Hollweg, he was a descendant on his mother's side of Luther's friend Melanchthon. He was educated in Breslau, Königsberg, Rossleben, and at the University of Berlin.
In 1929 Gebser emigrated to Italy and subsequently lived in Spain where he was attached to the Ministry of Education of the Spanish Republic. From 1937-1939 he lived in Paris in the circle which included Picasso, André Malraux, Paul Eluard, and Louis Aragon. In 1939 he made his permanent home in Switzerland where he became a citizen in 1951. For many years Gebser was Lecturer at the Institute of Applied Psychology in Zürich and was later appointed honorary Professor of Comparative Studies of Civilization at the University of Salzburg, Austria.
For his many publications, including books on Rilke, his friend Federico García Lorca, recent developments in the sciences, East-West relations, evolution, and twentieth century civilization and its antecedents, Gebser received several prizes, including a share of the German Schiller prize, the literary award of the Esslingen Artist's Guild, the Koggen prize of the City of Minden, and the literary award of the City of Berne. He died in Berne on May 14, 1973.
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This is a brilliant piece of work by one of the most advanced thinkers of our time. If you are interested and knowledgeable in the field of consciousness studies and you have not read this book, you absolutely must read it. If you are not knowledgeable in this area but are still interested, I strongly suggest you read, 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato. It explains some of these ideas in language everyone can understand. It is also a brilliant book! Happy reading!
Gebser writes eloquently and draws from concrete examples from both history and the present to describe the movement of man's consciousness throughout human existence. Gebser develops a clear and unique theory about the movement and change in the nature of man that divulges into an untrodden area in the thought experiement about human nature where Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau fell short. This book, particularly the first 100 pages or so, deserves further academic and intellectual examination especially in relation to the current events of today.