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The Religious Sense - Luigi Giussani

Paperback Published: 1st October 1997
ISBN: 9780773516267
Number Of Pages: 184

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An exploration of the search for meaning in life. This work argues that the nature of reason expresses itself in an ultimate need for truth, goodness, and beauty. It holds that this need constitutes the fabric of the religious sense, which is evident in every human being everywhere and in all times. So strong is this sense, it claims, that it leads one to desire that the answer to life's mystery might reveal itself in some way. The book challenges us to penetrate the deepest levels of experience to discover our "essential selves", breaking through the layers of opinions and judgments that have obscured our true needs. Asserting that all the tools necessary for self-discovery are inherent within us, it focuses primarily on reason, not as narrowly defined by modern philosophers, but as an openness to existence, a capacity to comprehend and affirm reality in all of its dimensions.

The First Premise: Realismp. 3
The Second Premise: Reasonablenessp. 12
The Third Premise: The Impact of Morality on the Dynamic of Knowingp. 23
The Religious Sense: The Starting Pointp. 34
The Religious Sense: Its Naturep. 45
Unreasonable Positions Before the Ultimate Question: Emptying the Questionp. 59
Unreasonable Positions Before the Ultimate Question: Reduction of the Questionp. 70
Consequences of the Unreasonable Positions Before the Ultimate Questionp. 80
Preconception, Ideology, Rationality, and the Religious Sensep. 94
How the Ultimate Questions Arise: The Way of the Religious Sensep. 100
The Experience of the Signp. 110
The Adventure of Interpretationp. 120
An Education in Freedomp. 125
Reason's Energy Seeks to Penetrate the Unknownp. 132
The Hypothesis of Revelation: Conditions for Its Acceptabilityp. 141
Notesp. 147
Subject Indexp. 155
Author Indexp. 163
Permissionsp. 165
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ISBN: 9780773516267
ISBN-10: 0773516263
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st October 1997
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.2