Gabriel Marcel's perspectives on The broken world

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Marquette University Press, 1998 - Drama - 242 pages
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Gabriel Marcel's Perspectives on the Broken World: The Broken World, A Four-Act Play: followed by Concrete Approaches to Investigating The ntological Mystery by GabrielMarcel, Translated by Katharine Rose Hanley. In the Introduction Ralph McInerny (University of Notre Dame, Author of the Father Dowling Mysteries) says "The common target of the play and the essay is mystery - not mystery in the full religious sense... it is the sense of mystery and its unique revealatory role that he seeks to restore to philosophy. If he had done nothing else, his succes in this matter would constitute a major contribution to philosophy." This book is an ideal, and attractive, introduction for students, teachers and the general reading public to the thought of Gabriel Marcel. The play examies our experience of a broken world, one in which it seems the heart has stopped beating. The play's surprise ending raises the questions, "who am I" and "will my life be empty or full." The companion philosophic essay reflects upon these questions and brings to light many of Marcel's central themes such as presence, availability; authentic or inauthentic being; hope/despair; commitment and creative fidelity. 8 Appendices offer a gold mine of information about Gabriel Marcel's Life and Works as well.TO ORDER THIS BOOK: www.Marquette.edu/mupress. BOOK MASTERS 1-800-247-6553.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Translators Preface
13
A FourAct Play by Gabriel Marcel
31
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Gabriel Marcel has been described as a theistic or Christian existentialist. Born in Paris of Protestant parents, he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1924. Prior to his conversion, he had immersed himself in idealism, as his first book, a study of Royce's metaphysics, reveals. Before Jaspers and Heidegger were known to French intellectuals, Marcel had written about themes central to existentialism, but with a religious twist. He had acknowledged concern for the vitality and pervasiveness of religious experience, and, like Martin Buber, he had pointed to the sociality of human experience, which bears witness to the presence of the Divine. For Marcel, Being involves participation. No one can be separated from the whole of Being to which he or she is related. Nor can a person be reduced to merely a facet of Being; for he or she is a concrete individual, with experience that is immediate, spontaneous, unpredictable. Though entranced by the mystery of existence, a person may illuminate it by means of philosophical reflection.

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