The Human Experience of Resistance,
Difficulty and Aporia: Its Yield for Thought
Advisor: Major Professor Ray L. Hart
Source: DAI, 62, no. 04A (2002): p. 1464
Standard No: ISBN: 0-493-20207-2
As the formulation of a philosophical anthropology, this dissertation essays a contribution toward resolution of the time-honored question, what is human being? The anthropology is broached through an account of the phenomena of resistance, difficulty and aporia (irresolvable difficulties) in general experience, language-use, art, and thinking. These phenomena are made the foundation of a series of epistemological reflections emphasizing the play of traction and intractability, opacity and fecundity, which they offer. It is argued that the traditional categories of "flesh" and "spirit" should be, if retained, reversed in metaphorical implication. It is held that human beings are essentially incomplete, always in movement toward their own completion, and that they fail to coincide with themselves in a number of ways. The referent of the word "self" is the pragmatic and proleptic (anticipatory) unity of the human being.
The encounter between human incompletion and the field of otherness onto which it opens involves two basic moments, epistemological or otherwise, which are here called the genetic and the kenotic. The first is the teleological projection out of incompletion, the second is the t born of the encounter with otherness. Each offers claims of value. It is suggested that truth (at least in regard to matters human), like human identity itself, is settled pragmatically and proleptically, and, ultimately, in accord with criteria of human flourishing.
Inspirations and sources throughout include Charles Sanders Peirce, Paul Ricoeur, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Ray L. Hart, Geoffrey Hill, Lucien Richard, Stanley Rosen, George Steiner, Michel Meyer, Stephen David Ross, John Macmurray, Hilary Putnam and Charles Taylor.
Descriptor: RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY OFPHILOSOPHY
Accession No: AAI3010450