Greatness and Philosophy: An Inquiry into Western Thought by Vincent Vycinas

By Vincent Vycinas

The current learn isn't a chain of disconnected essays pertaining to pick out­ ed Western philosophies. All its components belong organically jointly and represent one complete. as a result, the reader is warned to not use it as a reference e-book for one or one other thinker the following handled. The research starts with the announcement of the exposition of primary occasion in Western philosophy which prevails with a distinct hue in all the significant philosophies and which relates those to pre-philosophical or legendary proposal. The research then treats chosen Western philosophies se­ parately with the tendency to reveal the main occasion of philosophy in them. eventually it methods modern guy from the point of view of the elemental occasion in philosophy. An inquiry into Western man's greatness is maintained right here all alongside as in detail certain up with the historic improvement of philosophy. Philosophy contains greatness - now not one of the philosophies, how­ ever, yet Philosophy as such. Philosophy as such isn't really a composite of a few of the significant philosophies in heritage; it precedes those, and is found in every one of them in a hid means. It holds sway over them, they usually belong to it. Philosophy principles the concept of thinkers; it's the Ordinance which directs the way in which of proposal, and that is answered to via the idea of the thinkers. during this manner, the key philosophies in heritage are diversified stages which, just like the bends and turns of a river, belong to Ordinance - to Nature's thought.

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86. RE-ENTRY OF PHTSIS-IS-LOGOS 37 tude of things in his sight, man overlooked the house of Being, holding all beings in its light. Being was out of sight. The day of things meant the night of Being. Even though overlooked by us, the night of Being remained with us. Starting with Kant, we begin to discover that the night of Being - the offspring of the goddess Night of mythical times-eo-exists with the bright day of our civilization in a concealed way. The 'unthinkable,' and unthought of, 'unthingness' presses its way back to us, and we must in our times face this surviving dark son of the mythical world.

They depend on 'unthingly' reality. Modern man finds the grounds, which found and condition things, in consciousness, and because of this, modern times are rightly considered anthropocentric. Does consciousness really belong to man, or does man belong to consciousness? If consciousness is the stead of logos (the principles) in man, then it belongs to logos more than it does to man. To be man is to have a capacity for thought. This is an ability to reach past oneself (to ex-sist) ; it is death and simultaneously it is the acme of man's life.

He neither surrenders himself to gods nor refuses to do so. Therefore he is not great; he can only be either good or evil, depending on the manner of his relation to other beings. Helen, Menelaus' wife, with her beauty and love, brought the Aphroditian reality into the midst of her own life, and furthermore, into the midst of the world of the Greeks, filling it with the breath and divine PHILOSOPHY AND MYTH 23 passion of Aphrodite. Also Penelope, Odysseus' wife, with her faithfulness, insight, and prudence, brought the realities of Hera and Athena into her world and the world of the Greeks with living fullness, strength, and noble might.

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