The Beautiful, the True and the Good Hardback

Studies in the History of Thought

by Robert E. Wood;

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The Beautiful, the True and the Good

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How do we understand the notions of the beautiful, the true, and the good, and how do they help us to know, to understand? Philosopher Robert E. Wood considers appeal respectively to the heart, to the intellect, and to the will. In our minds, their interplay beckons each of us to assimilate one's past, and look forward towards further endeavours. They also set up what Wood calls a ""dialogical imperative"" to speak from where we stand and to stand in place of the Other, the person facing us, as well. The order follows Plato's claim that the love of Beauty is the light of the Good that grounds our pursuit of the True. Human experience, according to Wood, has a ""magnetically bipolar"" character, rooted in organically based desires. Yet that experience is aimed, through the all-encompassing notion of Being, at the absolute totality of what is. The notion of Being affords a distance that grounds both understanding and choice. Culture enters in as well. Its developments, initially empty in relation to the totality, come to occupy the space of meaning between the here-and-now and the totality. Each human being's genetic endowments interplay with one's cultural shaping.
Taking them up, each individual sets up a unique field of attractions and repulsions belonging to the heart as one's radically individual center. Wood proceeds from this phenomenological basis to consider key thinkers from Heraclitus and Parmenides, to Heidegger, Buber, and Marcel. He seeks, in this collection of essays from the past forty years, to develop a ""fusion of horizons"" with them, as part of an on-going broader philosophical dialogue that constitutes the history of thought, now and to come.

The Beautiful, the True and the Good by Robert E. Wood was published by The Catholic University of America Press in June 2015. The ISBN for The Beautiful, the True and the Good is 9780813227474.

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Details for The Beautiful, the True and the Good

Page last updated 16th August 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherThe Catholic University of America Press (June 2015)
Number of Pages504
Thickness41 mm
Height229 mm
Width160 mm
Product Code4335050
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