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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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I harbor in my psyche the images of special friends whose lives represented the values I advance in this work on “higher humanism.”

My youngest friend, Ava “Athena,” intrigued by my handwriting, asked what I was writing. I answered: “A long letter to the modern world”—words that would haunt my theme thereafter.

A master of art history, Karina Moser, reviewed my depictions of select Renaissance artworks illustrating philosophical ideas. A pilgrim, Mac McCauley, knocked at my door after a quarter-century, for dialogue concerning “higher humanism.” I appreciated their perspectives.

Throughout the composition of this work Anne Gobar (my companion in the journey of life) abided by me with quick-silver mind and her “magic machine.”

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