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Transient And The Absolute

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The two principles of the Transient and the Absolute are fundamental to man's self-perception. While we perceive ourselves as transient biological phenomena, with a limited span of existence, we also view ourselves as immaterial creatures whose personalities persist and are not subject to change. This original philosophical essay surveys the totality of human experience from this dual perspective, showing the presence and the constant interaction of the two principles in the civilizational endeavors of humanity. ...

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Overview

The two principles of the Transient and the Absolute are fundamental to man's self-perception. While we perceive ourselves as transient biological phenomena, with a limited span of existence, we also view ourselves as immaterial creatures whose personalities persist and are not subject to change. This original philosophical essay surveys the totality of human experience from this dual perspective, showing the presence and the constant interaction of the two principles in the civilizational endeavors of humanity. The author analyzes our constant search for the absolute among transient manifestations in diverse domains, such as religion, philosophy, art, society, and politics. This volume offers a unifying view of the great diversity of human experience, based on the author's insight into man's self-perception.

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Placing his work within the realm of philosophical anthropology, Roshwald (emeritus, humanities, U. of Minnesota) interprets how the fraternal twin principles of the time-/ environment-bound and the immutable are manifested in individual activity, theoretical questioning (doubts about the "absolute I"), life cycle transitions, religion, philosophy, collective institutions, political authority, and aesthetic expression. His analysis proceeds from subjective personal experience to an assumed common denominator universalizing human experience despite disparate cultures. The conclusion adds an evaluative dimension. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313309366
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/1999
  • Series: Contributions in Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

MORDECAI ROSHWALD is Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of Minnesota, where he taught for twenty-five years.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Personal Experience 7
2 Theoretical Questioning 19
3 Individual Activity 33
4 Crucial Changes in Life 45
5 Religion 55
6 Philosophy 71
7 The Order of Nature 97
8 The Collective 107
9 Political Authority 133
10 Aesthetic Expression 151
Conclusion 173
Notes 179
Bibliography 191
Index 195
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