The Courage to Be: Second Edition

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In this classic and deeply insightful book, one of the world's most eminent philosophers describes the dilemma of modern man and points a way to the conquest of the problem of anxiety. This edition includes a new introduction by Peter J. Gomes that reflects on the impact of this book in the years since it was written.

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Paul Tillich (1886-1965), world-renowned philosopher and theologian, taught...

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Overview

In this classic and deeply insightful book, one of the world's most eminent philosophers describes the dilemma of modern man and points a way to the conquest of the problem of anxiety. This edition includes a new introduction by Peter J. Gomes that reflects on the impact of this book in the years since it was written.

About the Author:
Paul Tillich (1886-1965), world-renowned philosopher and theologian, taught in several German universities until he was dismissed in 1933 because of his opposition to the Nazi regime. In America he was affiliated with the Union Theological Seminary, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago. Peter J. Gomes is Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in The Memorial Church, Harvard University.

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Editorial Reviews

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A lucid and arresting book.
— (New York Herald Tribune)
W Norman Pittenger
The brilliance, the wealth of illustration, and the aptness of personal application . . . make the reading of these chapters an exciting experience.
— (New York Times Book Review)
American Scholar
Clear, uncluttered thinking and lucid writing mark Mr. Tillich's study as a distinguished and readable one.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300084719
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Series: Terry Lectures Series
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 238
  • Sales rank: 265,747
  • Product dimensions: 5.07 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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Paul Tillich (1886-1965) was a world-renowned philosopher and theologian.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition xi
1. Being and Courage 1
Courage and Fortitude: From Plato to Thomas Aquinas 2
Courage and Wisdom: The Stoics 9
Courage and Self-affirmation: Spinoza 18
Courage and Life: Nietzsche 24
2. Being, Nonbeing, and Anxiety 32
An Ontology of Anxiety 32
The meaning of nonbeing 32
The interdependence of fear and anxiety 36
Types of Anxiety 40
The three types of anxiety and the nature of man 40
The anxiety of fate and death 42
The anxiety of emptiness and meaninglessness 46
The anxiety of guilt and condemnation 51
The meaning of despair 54
Periods of Anxiety 57
3. Pathological Anxiety, Vitality, and Courage 64
The Nature of Pathological Anxiety 64
Anxiety, Religion, and Medicine 70
Vitality and Courage 78
4. Courage and Participation (The Courage to Be as a Part) 86
Being, Individualization, and Participation 86
Collectivist and Semicollectivist Manifestations of the Courage to Be as a Part 90
Neocollectivist Manifestations of the Courage to Be as a Part 96
The Courage to Be as a Part in Democratic Conformism 103
5. Courage and Individualization (The Courage to Be as Oneself) 113
The Rise of Modern Individualism and the Courage to Be as Oneself 113
The Romantic and Naturalistic Forms of the Courage to Be as Oneself 116
Existentialist Forms of the Courage to Be as Oneself 123
The existential attitude and Existentialism 123
The existentialist point of view 126
The loss of the existentialist point of view 131
Existentialism as revolt 135
Existentialism Today and the Courage of Despair 139
Courage and despair 139
The courage of despair in contemporary art and literature 142
The courage of despair in contemporary philosophy 148
The courage of despair in the noncreative Existentialist attitude 150
The limits of the courage to be as oneself 151
6. Courage and Transcendence (The Courage to Accept Acceptance) 155
The Power of Being as Source of the Courage to Be 156
The mystical experience and the courage to be 156
The divine-human encounter and the courage to be 160
Guilt and the courage to accept acceptance 163
Fate and the courage to accept acceptance 167
Absolute faith and the courage to be 171
The Courage to Be as the Key to Being-itself 178
Nonbeing opening up being 178
Theism transcended 182
The God above God and the courage to be 186
Index 191
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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    Everyone should read this book!

    In an age of Anxiety when people are self medicating and running away from the existential dilemmas of being a finite human, this book is essential.

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    Posted December 22, 2000

    Great contribution to psychology, theology, & philosophy

    If you are interest in philosophy, psychology or theology this book will definitely hold your interest and challenge you. This book is a slow read and will provide many periods of intense thought along the way. It's worth the time spent.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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