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Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning: A Philosophical and Psychological Approach to the Subjective (Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy) Paperback – August 20, 1997

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  • Series: Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press; 1 edition (August 20, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810114275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810114272
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eugene T. Gendlin received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago and taught there from 1963 to 1995. His philosophical work is concerned especially with the relationship between logic and experiential explication. Implicit intricacy cannot be represented, but functions in certain ways in relation to philosophical discourse. The applications of this "Philosophy of the Implicit" have been important in many fields.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Alvin L Humphrey on June 29, 2004
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I first read this book in 1974 (approximatly). I have reread it several times and continue to marvel and dispair at how little circulation or acknowledgement it has been given. Current work in areas of the philosophy of language, and philosophy and cognitive science, especially in their emphasis on metaphor, are anticipated by this work. I have been told by one of the leading authors in the above areas, that he was familiar with this book but could not reference it as it from a phenomenological line of thought and his audience would reject it (paraphrased). There are methods for the productive conduct of discourse, on any subject, contained in this work that are still not utilized anywhere execept for a small number of people. A pity if we really want to arrive at living truths rather than the sterile shells rendered buy logic or empiricism. This book is not an easy read for most (I'm guessing), as the ideas -- the point of viewing it explicates is so uncommon. So If you read it, it may take some work. And still I cannot recommend it highly enough. Thank you.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David C. Young on April 24, 2008
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Gene Gendlin is best known as a psychologist, especially for his book,Focusing, which has achieved near-cult status. Focusing & Gene, a student of Carl Rogers, have also received broad respect within the psychology/psychotherapy community, too -- for many years he edited "Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice", and he received numerous awards, starting with the first Distinguished Psychologist award from the American Psychological Association to, most recently, the Viktor Frankl award. I came to this book, his first full statement of his philosophy, through Focusing, as my wife & I were trainers in Gene's Focusing workshops through the 1980's.

Gene, however, thinks of himself, first & foremost, as a philosopher, and with good reason. Yes, "Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning" came, in part, from his many years of training and work with Carl Rogers. But even more, it came from his philosophy studies. Indeed, Focusing, itself, is an outgrowth of this philosophy. Anyone who knows Focusing can see, in this book, that his philosophy implies Focusing.

And therein lies the rub. What makes this book tough is that understanding it so often needs an ability to touch in with your own, everyday and personal experience of "the implicit" -- that rich source of bodily-felt meaning always within us. Rejecting a dichotomy of logical & illogical or chaos, Gene talks of an implicit dimension, which he calls "experiencing", and which is "more than logical" -- vague in the sense of not-yet-formed, yet capable of transcending all logics, while it also implies them, while it includes them implicitly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Deane Adams on August 1, 2011
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As a visual artist, and not student of philosophy, it's difficult for me to put this work in a proper philosophical perspective, however I do have to say it's an amazing book! Gendlin refuses to get trapped in typical philosophical tail-chasing by using the creation of meaning through experiences as the ultimate goal. I read this just after I read John Dewey's "Art as Experience," which blew my mind. "Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning" can be seen as a kind of follow-up to Dewey. I would highly recommend Gendlin's book to anyone who is interested in how symbols function in both art and everyday life. Not an easy read, but it oozes brilliant ideas.
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I first used this book as an important source in my research when writing my doctoral thesis. It is a comprehensive look at how psychological experience influences and is involved in the way we create meaning. I found it particularly helpful because it speakss to the issue of what happens when traumatic events affect meaning and how events are constructed during the search for meaning post trauma. Making sense of events is crucial to recovery. I am interested in how people go about making meaning out of their experience. And how experience interacts with meaning.
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Eugene T. Gendlin received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago and taught there from 1963 to 1995. His philosophical work is concerned especially with the relationship between logic and experiential explication. Implicit intricacy cannot be represented, but functions in certain ways in relation to philosophical discourse. The applications of this "Philosophy of the Implicit" have been important in many fields.

His philosophical books and articles are listed and some of them are available from this web site. They include Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning, (in paperback) and Language Beyond Post-Modernism: Saying and Thinking In Gendlin's Philosophy (edited by David Levin) , both from Northwestern University Press, l997 and A Process Model.

Gendlin has been honored three times by the American Psychological Association for his development of Experiential Psychotherapy. He received the first "Distinguished Professional Psychologist of the Year" award from the Clinical Division, an award from the Philosophical Psychology Division, and he and The Focusing Institute received an award from the Humanistic Division in August of 2000.

He was a founder and editor for many years of the Clinical Division Journal, Psychotherapy: Theory Research and Practice. His book, Focusing, has sold over 400,000 copies and is in twelve languages. His other books include, Let Your Body Interpret Your Dreams, and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy.

He is internationally recognized as a major American philosopher and psychologist.

Visit http://www.focusing.org/gendlin/gol_primary_bibliography.htm for a complete bibliography of Gendlin's philosophical and psychological publications.

Gendlin Online Library - http://www.focusing.org/gendlin


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