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Higher Humanism

A Neotranscendental Philosophy of Life

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Ash Gobar

The ideal of higher humanism challenges our modern civilization and its diminished image of the human being. A critique of the ideologies of "bourgeois humanism" provides a pathway toward the renascence of human identity and human dignity. Historical illustrations, drawn from the higher heritage of humanity, revive values long forgotten. Ash Gobar re-argues the great argument for the impact of the "philosophy of life" upon the "quality of life." This is a timely work: the call of a modern philosopher to awaken the conscience of humanity from its existential vertigo.

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8 Philosophical Challenge to Modern Culture: Nietzsche and Heidegger

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Philosophical Challenge to Modern Culture

Nietzsche and Heidegger

The greatest challenge to modern culture comes from two modern thinkers in whose hands the leitmotif of higher humanism receives a radical transformation: Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger. Their critiques would effect a shattering blow to the bourgeois culture of modern civilization. Indeed, they aspire to re-educate modern humanity, beyond the labyrinth of their existential world, toward the realization of a higher lifestyle. Their distinct calls to awaken the conscience of humanity, toward self-transcendence and toward authentic being, would illuminate the horizon of modern life.

The complementarity of their critiques of civilization would be evident. And evident also would be the contrast between their visions of the ideal of higher humanism. Truth is akin to the mountain: it may be approached by various pathways.

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