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5.0 out of 5 stars big stuff, 19 Mar 2003
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This review is from: The Ever-present Origin: The Foundations and Manifestations of the Aperspectival World Part One (Englis Series, No 1) (Paperback)
This is the most important book I've read. I suspect that it will be held in high regard in the future, and I can't understand why there isn't more fuss about it.
It's not an easy read, but its content pervades every aspect of life; there is nothing untouched by its implications. The history of conciousness is described by Gebser up to the present, where we are (obviously) in turbulent transformation towards a new way of thinking, and therefore a new way of life.
Massive, difficult, bloody amazing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ever- Present Origin by Jean Gebser, 19 July 2010
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This review is from: The Ever-present Origin: The Foundations and Manifestations of the Aperspectival World Part One (Englis Series, No 1) (Paperback)
This is a very important book. It was first published in 1949 and is an intellectual and profound analysis of the history of consciousness and its place in the development of society. It offers a broad,imaginative and spiritual outlook and exposes the sterility of materialism and scientism. It is a book for our time, for Gebser anticipates the forthcoming change in consciousness from the mental/rational, into the final, all-encompassing, transparency. The themes are difficult and the scholarship remarkable. It is a book that makes one grow in the reading.The interrelationships of the epoche he anticipates are supported with data from anthropology, mythology,linguistics,art,literature,science and philosophy. A remarkable book and well worth the effort, if you want to see our modern world in the context of progression and evolutionary development.It is a hopeful book, all the more remarkable for being written so long ago.
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