The Worldview Of Personalism: Origins And Early Development

Hardcover | November 2, 2006

byJan Olof Bengtsson

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Personalism is understood today as the name of an important current in twentieth-century thought which, inspired by the Christian and humanistic traditions of the West, has sought to deepen our understanding of the meaning and value of human personhood. Opposing both individualism andcollectivism, personalism has stressed the uniqueness of each person, the meaning and value of interpersonal relations, and the unity that holds persons together and is, ultimately, also personal in itself: the person of God. Personalism's insights into the nature of personhood have broadimplications for our view of ethics, politics, education, and religion. The history of personalism has, however, been poorly understood. Jan Olof Bengtsson shows that personalism began as early as the eighteenth century and was a central, international current of thought throughout the nineteenthcentury - that it was, in fact, more characteristic of the nineteenth century than of the twentieth.

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Personalism is understood today as the name of an important current in twentieth-century thought which, inspired by the Christian and humanistic traditions of the West, has sought to deepen our understanding of the meaning and value of human personhood. Opposing both individualism andcollectivism, personalism has stressed the uniquenes...

Jan Olof Bengtsson teaches the history of ideas at Lund University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199297193

ISBN - 13:9780199297191

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Introduction1. The current view of personalism and its origins2. Personal `reason' and impersonal `understanding'3. The personal absolute4. Personal unity-in-diversity5. Early personalism and its meaning