After Truth: Explorations in Life Sense

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SUNY Press, Dec 23, 1993 - Philosophy - 189 pages
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This book begins from the conviction that, in the post-Nietzschean desert of our time, people are left without any means of penetrating those great realms of worth and sense from which philosophy has withdrawn and which science ignores. Yet people are compelled by a profound need to live in a world that secures belief in human worth. In this unusual soliloquy, the author explores how we might begin to live our way into these trackless realms of life sense. In the manner of this exploration lies the originality of Mervyn Sprung's work. He explores for the sense of things, not their meaning - sense being open, and meaning being closed - and for their worth, not their truth. This is vivial exploration. It proceeds within a horizon of sense given by the classical experience of Greece, India (including Buddhism), and China, especially Taoism. It searches for a sense of the way of things that can be tested in aware behaviour.
 

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Contents

INNER AND OUTER
1
Interdependence of Inner and Outer
4
Vivial Exploration
8
Two Poles of Sense
11
SPACE
15
The Everyday
16
Space and the Objects in It
20
Movement
24
PERSON
113
Possible Persons for Vivial Exploration
115
The Sense of I
117
The Sense of Me
119
Phantoms
121
I Not The Seat of Freedom
124
Self
127
Nietzsches LifeBody
129

Home of Human Worth
25
Mask of the Boundless
31
TIME
37
Iz Waz ToBe in the Now
42
Behavior and Iz Waz ToBe
47
The NonNow
55
Now and NonNow Integrated as Story
59
WORDS
67
How Do Words Function for Us?
75
Sense as Life Sense
80
KNOWING
85
The Everyday
86
Knowing and Reality
89
The Family of Knowing
94
Knowing and Behavior
97
Western Science and Other Traditions
100
Knowing and Rationality
104
Knowing in Our Time
107
Knowing and Person
110
Body
130
Kant and Self
133
The Sense of Own
136
Aware Behavior
137
Individual and Society
143
The Discovery of Person
144
Person as Touchstone of Life
147
VIVIAL SENSE
151
The UrNeed for a Sense of the Way of Things
166
Traditions and Thrall
170
Thralls East and West
174
Vivial Sense and the Sense of the Way of Things
176
Nietzsche
178
Science
181
Sense of the Way of Things as Life Drama
182
Source
183
NAME INDEX
185
SUBJECT INDEX
187
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About the author (1993)

A. L. Basham was Professor of Asian Civilization at Australian National University, and author of The Wonder That Was India.

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