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Action : Essay on a Critique of Life and a Science of Practice

ISBN-10: 0268021775

ISBN-13: 9780268021771

Edition: 1st

Authors: Maurice Blondel, Oliva Blanchette

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"Blondel's masterwork, Action, here elegantly translated into English for the first time by Oliva Blanchette, remains a philosophical classic. It is a book that should be read by every mature philosopher and theologian." --International Philosophical Quarterly "This translation of Blondel's critique of life, [his] guide to living, is the best introduction to the man and his important kind of thinking, with a special eloquence and moving force in the reading of the whole." --Religious Studies Review "This translation by Oliva Blanchette is very welcome and quite readable . . . [his] introduction is excellent and provides a clear and thorough preparation for the uninitiated reader." --Philosophy of Religion "Maurice Blondel was one of the foremost French Catholic philosophers of the twentieth century. This is the first complete English translation of his highly influential work." --Theology Digest
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Book details

Edition: 1st
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 11/30/1984
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Maurice Blondel's philosophy of action
Is there a problem of action?
How we claim the moral problem does not exist
That we fail to suppress the moral problem and how
Is the solution to the problem of action negative?
How we claim to make nothingness the conclusion of experience, the end of science and the end of human ambition
That there is no negative solution to the problem of action; and what the consciousness of or the will for nothingness harbors
The natural orientation of the will : does the problem of action allow for a positive solution?
The phenomenon of action
How we try to define action through science alone and to restrict it to the natural order
From sense intuition to subjective science : the scientific conditions and the unconscious sources of action
The inconsistency of sensation and scientific activity
The incoherence of the positive sciences and the mediation of action
The elements of consciousness and the subjective science of action
From the threshold of consciousness to the voluntary operation : the conscious elements of action
The conception of action
The reason of action
The determination of freedom and the production of action
From the intentional effort to the first exterior expansion of action : the organic growth of willed action
The body of action and subjective physiology
The action of the body and the psychology of the organism
The interior synergy and the constitution of individual life through action
From individual action of social action : generation, fecundation and reproduction of human actions
The immediate expansion and the sensible expression of action
Coaction
Influence and cooperation
From social action of superstitious action : the profound unity of wills and the universal extension of action
The voluntary unity and the fruitful action of common life : family, country, humanity
The universal extension of action : the tiered forms of natural morality
Superstitious action : how man attempts to bring his action to completion and to be self-sufficient
The necessary being of action
How the terms of the problem of human destiny are inevitably and voluntarily posited
First moment : the will contradicted and vanquished : the apparent abortion of willed action
Second moment : the will affirmed and maintained : the indestructibility of voluntary action
Third moment : the one thing necessary : the inevitable transcendence of human action
First option : the death of action
Second option : the life of action the substitutes and the preparations for perfect action
The completion of action
The end of human destiny
The notion of dogmas and of revealed precepts and philosophical critique
The value of literal practice and the conditions of religious action
The bond of knowledge and action in being