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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: Realism
The Second Premise: Reasonableness
The Third Premise: The Impact of Morality on the Dynamic of Knowing
The Religious Sense: The Starting Point
The Religious Sense: Its Nature
Unreasonable Positions Before the Ultimate Question: Emptying the Question
Unreasonable Positions Before the Ultimate Question: Reduction of the Question
Consequences of the Unreasonable Positions Before the Ultimate Question
Preconception, Ideology, Rationality, and the Religious Sense
How the Ultimate Questions Arise: The Way of the Religious Sense
The Experience of the Sign
The Adventure of Interpretation
An Education in Freedom
Reason's Energy Seeks to Penetrate the Unknown
The Hypothesis of Revelation: Conditions for Its Acceptability
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ISBN: 9780773516267 ISBN-10: 0773516263 Audience:
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
Weight (kg): 0.2