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However, the ideal of objectivity, which has come to define the standard for this tradition, has had unfortunate results. The human encounter with transcendence, which overwhelms all existence, has been considered as no more than a peculiarity of the human alone, to be categorized and separated from other aspects of life. The result is a dehumanized view of truth, which all too often evokes fundamentalist reactions.
Smith concludes with a call to rediscover the dimension of transcendence. Objectivity means more than reducing the human to the calculable. To treat people as they are in themselves is to understand them as subjects, to treat all aspects of their existence as worthy of respect and study, and to grasp what it means to be captured by a reality that overwhelms the confines of our limited world.
Preface by John Burbidge
1. Religion as Symbolism
2. History in Relation to both Science and Religion
3. Philosophia as One of the Religious Traditions of Humankind
4. On Mistranslated Booktitles
5. Shall Next Century be Secular or Religious
6. Islamic Resurgence
7. A Human View of Truth
8. Objectivity and the Humane Sciences: A New Proposal