The Quest for the Fine: A Philosophical Inquiry Into Judgment, Worth, and Existence

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1996 - 166 pàgines
In this original and compelling exploration of the meaning of the term 'fine' and the phenomenon of refinement, noted scholar Michael Gelven reflects on the relationship between refinement and existence. Beginning with a study of perceptual refinement, Gelven shows how in some cases this refinement discloses an existential essence--as an architect shows us what it means to dwell. Gelven then moves to a refinement of self, not equating it with virtue but showing how refinement illuminates our understanding of our ethical and aesthetic judgments, and of what it means to be.

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Refined Perception
1
Perceived Essence
19
The Aesthetics of the Fine
37
Becoming Fine
49
The Gracious
63
The Common
79
Fine Truth
89
Transformation
105
The Wretched
115
Judgment
127
The Philosopher as Fine
139
Index
157
About the Author

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Sobre l'autor (1996)

Michael Gelven is Presidential Research Professor of Philosophy at Northern Illinois University. Among his recent books are War and Existence, Spirit and Existence and A Commentary on Heidegger's Being and Time, Revised edition.

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