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AuthorVycinas, Vincent. author
TitleSearch for Gods [electronic resource] / by Vincent Vycinas
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1972
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-2816-5
Descript X, 286 p. online resource

SUMMARY

In the unequaled and majestic contemporary technological phase of our cultural development, where democratic liberties and the means of wellยญ being are accessible to everyone; man is unsatisfied, insecure, rebellious, confused and lost. More than ever before he seems to lack the sureness of his way in life. The abundance of theories, doctrines and various philosophical, social or religious systems and moral teachings fails to provide the individual today with any clarity whatsoever. Lacking this, he turns to peripheral events, to sensational occurrences; he turns his attention to more and to glaring new models of technological products. more new things, mostly Acquiring a great multitude of these and various other things, he seems to stress his own importance, thus making an inquiry in its fundamental validity superfluous. In this way he escapes the search of his very own mission; he betrays the superior powers which demand from him his existential contribution in finding his ideals and outlining the way of his life


CONTENT

Confusion and Search for Gods -- 1. Obscurities in Manโ{128}{153}s World -- 2. Cabin on the Nechako -- 3. The General Method of the Present Book -- I. Early Manโ{128}{153}s World -- 1. Modern Specialization and Mythical Wholeness -- 2. The Theocentric or Enthusiastic World -- 3. Enthusiasm in the Mythical World -- 4. Manโ{128}{153}s Mortality -- II. Gods -- 1. Gods and the Ancient Way of Life -- 2. Nature and Gods -- 3. Gods and the Human World -- 4. Nature and Concealment -- 5. The Play of Gods -- III. Nature and Man -- 1. The Solidity of the Ancient World -- 2. Western Philosophy -- 3. Things and Gods -- 4. Godlessness -- 5. Freedom -- 6. Christianity -- IV. Man and Animals -- 1. Nature, the Ever-Hidden -- 2. Technology and Nature -- 3. Some Traits of Animal Life -- 4. Culture and Natureโ{128}{153}s Play -- 5. Animal and Human Societies -- 6. Wisdom -- 7. Wisdom and Gods -- 8. The Godliness of Things and Animals -- V. Culture -- 1. Cult โ{128}{148} Co-play with Gods -- 2. Manโ{128}{153}s Responsive Attitude in Cults -- 3. Manโ{128}{153}s Erring -- 4. Man in Natureโ{128}{153}s Play -- 5. Contemporary and Mythical Man -- 6. Language -- 7. Manโ{128}{153}s Guilt -- 8. Spatio-Temporal Play -- 9. The Relativity of Culture -- VI. The Greatness of Man -- 1. The Wail of a Dead Tree -- 2. The Event of Philosophy -- 3. Rational and Transcendental Ethics -- 4. Great Men -- 5. Opinions -- 6. Freedom -- 7. Mediation between Gods and Men -- 8. The Encumbrance of Lordly Dwelling in Contemporary Times -- VII. Death -- 1. Death-Birth -- 2. Death of Gods -- 3. Death and Time -- 4. Holy and Profane Things -- 5. Death and Language -- VII. Reincarnation -- 1. The Dioscuri Brothers -- 2. Karmic Guilt -- 3. The Accomplishment of Manโ{128}{153}s Mission -- 4. Manโ{128}{153}s Fidelity to Himself -- 5. Manโ{128}{153}s Life โ{128}{148} Participation in Natureโ{128}{153}s Life -- 6. Animism -- 7. The Dream -- 8. Inner Life -- 9. Freedom to Guilt -- Conclusive Note


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