Transient And The Absolute

Transient And The Absolute

by Mordecai Roshwald
     
 

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

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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. 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313309366
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/30/1999
Series:
Contributions in Philosophy Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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