The Transient and the Absolute: An Interpretation of the Human Condition and of Human Endeavor

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - Philosophy - 198 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
Aesthetic Expression
151
Conclusion
173
Notes
179
Bibliography
191
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About the author (1999)

MORDECAI ROSHWALD is Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of Minnesota, where he taught for twenty-five years. He has published numerous scholarly articles and several books, including Humanism in Practice (1955), Level Seven (1959), and Modern Technology: The Promise and the Menace (1999).

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