Egocentricity and Mysticism: An Anthropological Study by Ernst Tugendhat

Egocentricity and Mysticism: An Anthropological Study

byErnst TugendhatTranslated byAlexei Procyshyn, Mario Wenning

Hardcover | October 4, 2016

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In Egocentricity and Mysticism, Ernst Tugendhat casts mysticism as an innate facet of what it means to be human-a response to an existential need for peace of mind. This need is created by our discursive practices, which serve to differentiate us from one another and privilege our respective first-person standpoints. Emphasizing the first person fuels a desire for mysticism, which builds knowledge of what binds us together and connects us to the world.

Any intellectual pursuit that prompts us to "step back" from our egocentric concerns harbors a mystic kernel that manifests as a sense of awe, wonder, and gratitude. Philosophy, the natural sciences, and mathematics all engender forms of mystical experience as profound as any produced by meditation and asceticism. One of the most widely discussed books by a German philosopher in decades, Egocentricity and Mysticism is a philosophical milestone that clarifies in groundbreaking ways our relationship to language, social interaction, and mortality.

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Ernst Tugendhat is professor emeritus at Freie Universität Berlin and honorary professor at the University of Tübingen.

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Title:Egocentricity and Mysticism: An Anthropological StudyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.03 inPublished:October 4, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231169124

ISBN - 13:9780231169127

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Table of Contents

Translators' IntroductionIntroductionPart I. Relating to Oneself1. Propositional Language and Saying "I"2. "Good" and "Important"3. Saying "I" in Practical Contexts: Self-Mobilization and Responsibility4. Adverbial, Prudential, and Moral Good: Intellectual History5. Relating to Life and DeathPart II. Stepping Back from Oneself6. Religion and Mysticism7. WonderAddendum: On Historical and Nonhistorical InquiryNotesIndex

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Egocentricity and Mysticism is a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary work. In addition to straddling the so-called continental/analytic divide in contemporary philosophy, it also makes significant and original contributions to the fields of philosophical anthropology, existential phenomenology, and theology-not to mention semantics and even ethics as well.