By Paul Marcus
Gabriel Marcel (1889-1973), the 1st French existentialist and phenomenologist, was once a world-class Catholic thinker, an complete playwright, drama critic and musician. He wrote brilliantly approximately a number of the vintage existential subject matters linked to Sartre, Heidegger, Jaspers and Buber ahead of the e-book in their major works. Marcel looked himself as a “homo viator,” a religious wanderer: “If guy is largely a voyager, the reason for this is that he's en path . . . in the direction of an finish which you may say instantaneously and contradictorily that he sees and doesn't see.” As a self-described “philosopher of the edge” and “an awakener,” his said aim used to be to shed a few mild at the nature of religious fact, these moments while one studies an upsurge of the affection of lifestyles. during this e-book, Marcus joins the simplest of Marcellian and psychoanalytic insights to aid the reader strengthen an internal sensibility that's extra receptive, responsive and accountable to the reworking sacred presences that grace way of life, resembling are skilled in selfless love, hoping past desire, and preserving religion within the goodness of the area regardless of its harsh demanding situations. no matter if one is analyzing “Re-finding God in the course of Chemo-therapy,” “Maintaining own Dignity within the Face of the Mass Society,” “On constancy and Betrayal in Love Relationships” or “The Kiss,” Marcus, with assistance from his non secular masters, Marcel and Freud, issues the reader towards a better daily sacred attunement to the everlasting presences that existence mysteriously finds to these with a discerning eye and an open middle.
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24. , p. 309. 41 28 IN SEARCH OF THE SPIRITUAL that direct behaviour on a long-range basis towards a particular goal. 48 For Marcel, the domain of being, of “fullness” and transcendence, of which creativity is one of its most exquisite points of entry and expression, is always embedded in and animated by values. In fact, for Marcel values are the same as being and transcendent reality, or at least strongly point to them. “Being cannot be separated from the exigence of being … . ”50 In other words, creativity, whether in the artistic or the ethical realms, is always intimately connected to such concrete values as Beauty, Truth, and Goodness, those sacred values being the basis for living with a sense of transcendent meaning and purpose.
178, 180–181. 56 Cain, 1995, op. , p. 172. 57 Marcel, 1973, op. , p. 39. 58 Keen, 1967, op. , pp. 28–29. 59 Cain, 1995, op. , p. 173. 60 While the “welcoming” of the Other can only be done with an open and loving heart, the demands of the selfish ego are almost always demanding a hearing. A few everyday examples of creative testimony will help illuminate Marcel’s innovative notion of creativity as it applies to the ethical realm. As the central notion of “creative fidelity” has been discussed in detail in a previous chapter, I want to briefly consider two examples of creativity that are not typically viewed by most scholars and others as involving a creative capacity, namely, admiration and generosity.
Levinas, E. (1989). Difficult Freedom: Essays on Judaism. S. ). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, p. 275. 37 Messmer, M. W. (2000). Gabriel Marcel. In: J. K. ), World Philosophers and Their Works. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, p. 1196. 38 Marcel, 2001a, op. , p. 41. 40 Marcel himself, however, preferred to be labelled as a “neo-Socratic” or “Christian Socratic” philosopher, in that, like Socrates, he strongly believed that it was crucial for the philosopher to pose problems correctly, before a solution should be sought.
In Search of the Spiritual: Gabriel Marcel, Psychoanalysis and the Sacred by Paul Marcus