Man Against Mass Society The central theme of this important book is that we are paying the price of an arrogance that refuses to recognize mystery The author invites the reader to enter into the argument that he holds with h

  • Title: Man Against Mass Society
  • Author: Gabriel Marcel G.S. Fraser Donald MacKenzie MacKinnon
  • ISBN: 9781587314902
  • Page: 416
  • Format: paper
  • The central theme of this important book is that we are paying the price of an arrogance that refuses to recognize mystery The author invites the reader to enter into the argument that he holds with himself on a great number of problems Written in the early 1950s, Marcel s discussion of these topics are remarkably contemporary, e.g Our crisis is a metaphysical, not mThe central theme of this important book is that we are paying the price of an arrogance that refuses to recognize mystery The author invites the reader to enter into the argument that he holds with himself on a great number of problems Written in the early 1950s, Marcel s discussion of these topics are remarkably contemporary, e.g Our crisis is a metaphysical, not merely social, one What a man is depends partly on what he thinks he is, and a materialistic philosophy turns men into things Can a man be free except in a free country Stoicism is no longer a workable philosophy because today pressure can be put on the mind as well as on the body Technical progress is not evil in itself, but a technique is a means that, regarded as an end, can become either an idol or an excuse for self idolatry State control of scientific research, leading to a concentration on new means of destruction, is a calamity Fanaticism is an opinion that refuses to argue, and so the fanatic is an enemy of truth The kind of unification that science is bringing about today is really an ironing out of differences, but the only valuable kind of unity is one that implies a respect for differences We must beware of thinking in terms of great numbers and so blinding ourselves to the reality of individual suffering Our philosophical approach to being is made possible only by our practical approach to our neighbor We must encourage the spirit of fraternity and distrust the kind of egalitarianism that is based on envy and resentment No man however humble should feel that he cannot spread the light among his friends No easy solution is offered, but the author conveys his own faith that ultimately love and intelligence will triumph.

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    1. Gabriel Marcel G.S. Fraser Donald MacKenzie MacKinnon says:

      Gabriel Marcel 1889 1973 was a philosopher, drama critic, playwright and musician He converted to Catholicism in 1929 and his philosophy was later described as Christian Existentialism most famously in Jean Paul Sartre s Existentialism is a Humanism a term he initially endorsed but later repudiated In addition to his numerous philosophical publications, he was the author of some thirty dramatic works Marcel gave the Gifford Lectures in Aberdeen in 1949 1950, which appeared in print as the two volume The Mystery of Being, and the William James Lectures at Harvard in 1961 1962, which were collected and published as The Existential Background of Human Dignity.



    2 thoughts on “Man Against Mass Society

    1. This is going to be a difficult review to write as there's a lot to say and I don't have much time.First of all, the rating. I don't really like rating books by numbers, and it's particularly ironic in this case in a book that is about the increasing failure of humans to grasp a qualitative rather than quantitative dimension of life. Nonetheless, I wasn't sure that it would be fair to Marcel to give him zero stars, when my intention is that this book, with the help of my review, might be a littl [...]

    2. The writing style of this guy is abysmal. Discursive, sententious, moralizing, building-castles-in-the-air, woolgathering, and wishful thinking. The worst traits of any philosopher. Weaving-back-and-forth, covering the same ground again and again. is depressing and aimless 'prattle'. Tossed!

    3. Top 5 best required readings of my high school yearsThe discovering of this book makes my suffering during my whole "ethics: honors" class worth it.

    4. This is a brilliant, at times wordy (c'était sa chose), but overall insightful set of essays examining the philosophical and metaphysical underpinnings and practical consequences of ideas that have come to dominate the assumption ground-water of a lot modern/post mentalities, especially the "Western". His analysis of the seeds of cultural authoritarianism, groupthink, and the trend to idolatry of the technical is reminiscent of Jacques Ellul. What I always come away from Marcel's works with is [...]

    5. "Los carceleros de la humanidad no me atraparán" ¿Conocen la frase "Dios ha muerto" en el sentido que Nietzsche le dió? Significa, a mi entender, que abandonados los absolutos, decepcionados de estos, debemos darnos nuestros propios ideales, no habla de ateísmo como se cree. El tal llamado nihilismo nietzscheano, es la ausencia de valores sí, pero en tanto que es oportunidad de abandonar los valores heredados e ir por los propios. Un filósofo cristiano años después dijo: "A la afirmació [...]

    6. "Desde el momento en que pienso -y pensar quiere aquí decir reflexionar- debo no sólo constatar el estado extremo de peligro en el que se halla hoy el mundo, sino también ser consciente de la responsabilidad que me incumbe en esta situación."

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