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AuthorVycinas, Vincent. author
TitleOur Cultural Agony [electronic resource] / by Vincent Vycinas
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1973
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Cultural twilight means cultural disintegration or death. It means culยญ tural agony. Such agony gradually fades into the dawn of tomorrow's culture, just as the twilight of a summer's evening proceeds into the daylight of the forthcoming day. Consequently cultural twilight or agony simulยญ taneously is the dawn - the milieu of birth - of future gods. With these words a close interbelonging of the recently published SEARCH FOR GoDS with the present study, OUR CULTURAL AGONY, is stressed. Both of these books belong together and constitute one and the same "story". While SEARCH FOR GODS deals with man of tomorrow in his venture to find the way which would lead him to his dawning gods, OUR CULTURAL AGONY attempts to disclose contemporary man's ways of erring - his strayยญ ing ways. Moreover, just as the way towards man's future gods is simulยญ taneously his way to his true cultural self, so are his straying ways his ways of a lack of self. Man's way to his true self is his authentic, innermost, "bloody" or "ex-istential" way, while the way of his lack of self is his inauthentic way. The inauthentic ways, generally speaking, are "democratic" ways: they are the public and common ways of modem society, most typical or characteristic of it. Accordingly, while SEARCH FOR GODS has an indiยญ vidualistic character, OUR CULTURAL AGONY has a social character


The Contemporary Anthropocentric World -- 1. A Dynamic Wortd -- 2. Manโ{128}{153}s Supremacy in the technological World -- 3. Anthropocentric โ{128}{156}stabilizationโ{128}{157} of Things -- 4. Things of the Technological World -- I. Godlessness -- 1. Some Traits of Mythical and Modern Man -- 2. The Anthropocentric Character of the Modern World -- 3. Technocracy -- 4. Godlessness and Philosophy -- 5. Godless Muta -- 6. Poetical Aspects of Culture -- 7. The Twilight of Gods -- 8. Godlessness and Things -- 9. Godless Confusion and Godly Ambiguity -- 10. The Youth of the Technocratic World -- II. The. Event of Culture -- 1. Philosophy and Things -- 2. Rational and Existential Things -- 3. Man and Animals -- 4. The Community -- 5. Cultureโ{128}{153}s Finitude -- III. Christianity -- 1. Christianity in General -- 2. Judaism -- 3. The Ecumenical Spirit -- 4. Prayer -- 5. Christianity and Culture -- 6. The Relativity of Christianity -- 7. Christianityโ{128}{153}s Incarnation in Culture -- IV. Natureโ{128}{153}s Play -- 1. Histocricity -- 2. Natureโ{128}{153}s Play -- 3. Man in Natureโ{128}{153}s Play -- 4. Animism -- 5. Individuality and Selfhood -- 6. Philosophical and Mythical Thinking -- 7. A Search for Gods

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