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Higher Humanism

A Neotranscendental Philosophy of Life


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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A perennial question haunts us at the end of this work—following the remoulding of the ideal of higher humanism and the prolegomenon to a neotranscendental philosophy of life—the question concerning human destiny.

I recall an unforgettable moment when I encountered that question in its most poignant form: Some time ago, following a paper I presented on the theme of “Philosophy and the Shape of Things to Come” at the international congress (Montreal/1983), casting a sidelight upon the darker side of modern civilization, a thoughtful person posed a momentous question: “Why would God, the benevolent creator of the world, allow it to so deteriorate?”

Whatever my answer to that question was then—and probably it was one word: Ignorabimus—I now evoke three hypotheses as possible answers:

The first hypothesis (representing the viewpoint of William James) tells us that the power of the benevolent God is limited in affecting the balance of the strife between Good and Evil in this as-yet unfinished universe.

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