By Clyde Pax
Man's predicament approximately God is either a question and a quest. We search to grasp with simple task that God is genuine; we search additionally to attract with reference to God, to grasp that he's particularly for us. My target during this paintings is to re-think this two-fold quandary and to take action with Gabriel Marcel. through the paintings i've got mixed the presentation of Marcel's perspectives with a serious exam of his notion, and within the spirit during which Marcel meets his personal predecessors and contemporaries i've got held myself loose to just accept, to amend or to reject what he has written. hence the point of interest of the paintings is just by the way at the writings of Marcel; the direct concentration, as for Marcel, is on man's trying to comprehend and to attract with reference to God. the trouble to re-think that measurement of our event which we designate spiritual can't commence except a serious attention of what we suggest via wisdom and sure bet. what's going to count number as a solution to the query of even if God is genuine and no matter if he's particularly for us? If, because the believer keeps, God is the reply to guy - a solution fully not like any other resolution - then the tactic of attempting to find this resolution has to be assorted from different equipment of looking out. in addition, even for the believer, God continues to be the hidden God, Deus absconditus, and at top we see via a tumbler darkly.
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MYSELF AND THE OTHER 43 being, but in a much more fundamental way by creating the community which is reality. It is in the order of love even more than in the order of being that we are real and find one another; the principle of human existence, as origin and goal, is mutual love. CHAPTER III FIDELITY AND TRUTH The previous chapters investigated what it means to pursue philosophical research and provided a brief view of Marcel's understanding of subjectivity and person. The subject of the present chapter will be an inquiry into some aspects of the meaning of truth in its relation to these earlier discussions.
Thus, in relation to his act of existence, man's act of knowing becomes a secondary act. Marcel's procedure is the reverse of this. Rather than try to explain perception by a theory of communication or by a form common to knower and known or by some other theory, he suggests that it is in the act of perceiving that I first am able to recognize myself, and hence from this act, formulate questions about myself or about the world. No explanation, in the sense of a justification, for the act of perception is possible.
P. , p. 18. 19. MYSELF AND THE OTHER 31 consciousness, and an external datum. Reflective thought thus posits the judgment of existence as being the transposition of the experience-limit into the intellectual order (where there are objects and judgments bearing on those objects); and this goes for any judgment of existence whatsoever. e. spatial relations with my body, can be said to exist. That may serve as a definition. 13 We are led to dis-associate existence from that which exists and consequently to form questions and judgments about existence only when reflective thought is brought to bear upon the experience-limit.
An Existential Approach to God: A Study of Gabriel Marcel by Clyde Pax