Being Human in the Ultimate.
Studies in the Thought of John M. Anderson.
GEORGOPOULOS, N. and Michael HEIM (Eds.)
Amsterdam/Atlanta, GA, 1995, X, 346 pp.
Value Inquiry Book Series 23
For John M. Anderson philosophy, as the love of wisdom, is a concern for what is ultimate. The essays in this volume take to heart this understanding of philosophy, and are therefore responses to the ultimate. The first four essays by Kaelin, Schrag, Baillif and Johnstone, deal with Anderson's own account of ultimacy as it is presented in his reflections on the aesthetic occasion, the experience of the sublime, on freedom and on insight. The concern for what is ultimate is formulated differently by each of the other eight essays. Desmond articulates ways of our encounter with the ultimate by means of what he calls essential perplexity. Gendlin reflects on Aristotle's characterization of thinking as an activity that is ultimate. Biemel and Lingis present death as an aspect of the ultimate. Hersch sees our loss of meaning and value as the result of our refusal of finitude and thus of our denial of the ultimate which reveals itself in this finitude. Ginsberg initiates us into the ultimacy of the human encounter that is dialogue. Verene speaks of the ultimate through his account of the fool. For Kockelmans philosophy, unlike science, deals with what-is as it manifests itself in our encounter with our lived world which is a source of meaning, and in that sense an ultimate. Finally, John M. Anderson writes of the awareness of our becoming more than we are, and does so by bespeaking the origin of the dialogue we are.
Contents: Robert GINSBERG: Editorial Foreword. Editor's Preface. Editor's Introduction: Being Human in the Ultimate. I. BEAUTY, SUBLIMITY, FREEDOM, AND INSIGHT. Eugene F. KAELIN: Where the Mystery Is: The Ultimacy of Art. Calvin O. SCHRAG: Ultimacy and the Alterity of the Sublime. John BAILIFF: Horizon of Freedom: The Ultimate in the Philosophy of John M. Anderson. Henry W. JOHNSTONE, JR.: Dialectic and Insight in Encounters with John M. Anderson. II. PERPLEXITY, ACTIVITY, DEATH, AND LIFE. William DESMOND: Perplexity and Ultimacy: Metaphysical Thoughts from the Middle. Eugene T. GENDLIN: Ultimacy and Aristotle: In Essence Activity. Walter BIEMEL: The Finitude of Human Being. Alphonso LINGIS: Extremities. Jeanne HERSCH: About the Sense for Meaning and Its Loss. III. DIALOGUE, FOLLY, AND SCIENCE. Robert GINSBERG: The Dialogue of Human Being. Donald Phillip VERENE: Folly as Philosophical Idea. Joseph J. KOCKELMANS: Unity and Multiplicity in the Sciences According to Hermeneutic Phenomenology. IV. ORIGINS. John M. ANDERSON: Bespeaking the Origin of the Dialogue We Are. Bibliography of Writings by John M. Anderson. Notes on Contributors. Index.