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“Sarah Appleton-Weber has gifted English-speaking admirers of Teilhard and his thought with a superb new translation. Readers will find this new translation worth a fresh read. Appleton-Weber’s introduction to the work opens to readers, including Teilhard scholars, the meaning and relevance not only of his vision but also of phrases and words that he used to help bring his vision into focus. Her introduction and copies of key diagrams used by Teilhard are of great value and make this new translation critical: it is of substantial value for communicating the vision of Teilhard.”  —Zygon



“This book has a magic quality you don’t find in writing in the science world. This translation will in the future be the basic text for any serious study of Teilhard in the English language.”  —Thomas Berry, co-author, The Universe Story

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Text: English
Original Language: French --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902210301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902210308
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 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: #960,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"You hold The Human Phenomenon" in your hands and one way to understand this is to point to your human agency in grabbing the book. But it is just as true to say that you hold this book because the universe has labored for billions of years to reach a point in its complexification where it can now bring forth something new through you. It comes to you with its own ideas for your future, for what is needed now for the universe's unfolding story is not a new galaxy or a new star. What is needed now is a new form of human being. -- From the Foreword by Brian Swimme, author of The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos
This work by the priest, paleontologist and geologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin is his book of the Earth, a discovery and an epic journey to open the way out for humanity in a time of world conflict and release the spirit of the Earth. Teilhard guides the reader back in space-time to experience the birth of our planet as it emprisons the human future in its globe and motion, then forward, through the emergence of life, the birth of thought and socialization, and the unique mode of human unfolding as humanity covers the whole planet in an entirely new membrane, the Noosphere. Through a close study of Teilhard's essays, letters, notebooks and retreat notes, his autobiography and key biographical and interpretive studies, poet and scholar Sarah Appleton-Weber aims to represent Teilhard's thought accurately in this translation which is based on a careful comparison of four versions of the French text.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Dean on March 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
Years after having his ideas squelched by the Catholic Church, the posthumous publishing of the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin is even to this day a remarkable work.

After having read this one negative review I had continued to slog my way through the Walls translation of 1959 "Phenomenon of Man" I had just about given up being able to really represent the ideas of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in my Master's thesis.

However, I managed to stumble across a mention of this new edition, with a retranslation including a new title "The Human Phenomenon." I then read the review and was reluctant to change course. However, after finding a copy of this volume in my university library I realized I had wasted valuable time with the 1959 version. I should have been reading this all along.

Including the missing and mistranslated sections makes all the difference, as well as including better punctuation and italicizing.

For anyone interested in broadening their spiritual or scientific horizons, I highly recommend reading this version. It is truly eye-opening.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter McGuire Wolf on April 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Teilhard's Human Phenomenon is too good to be missed. It is as if his work were prematurely published, at a time when the phenomenon of 'globalization' was not clearly grasped. In fact, the first event that forged heart and mind as a global event was the Beatles. If you ask whether there was a specific moment when this event occurred? It was June 25, 1967 when England asked Brian Epstein to present the Beatles music in the My World series live satellite link-up:
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Mind you, this was the first of its kind satellite hook-up which brought "All You Need is Love" to 400 million souls!

After the Beatles blazed the world, globalization became a fairly undeniable factoid! And for college students of today---it is a given. Not many of this generation have entertained how unbelievable all of this is to someone born in the 60s such as myself. WOW! Trippy. And behind it all there is Teilhard. Carefully decribing as a naturalist 'galaxies', 'megamolecules', protozoans, and the noosphere! I have not even finished reading the new translation---that shows you how excited I am.

There is the marvelous sculpture of man wrestling from rock his own existence like Saruman's Uruk-Hai in Tolkien's Two Towers, which greets the cover. A work by an artist, to whom Teilhard had written in a private correspondence that he wanted this to grace the cover of his book on the human phenomenon. Thanks to this wonderfully researched scholarly translation, Teilhard's wish has been realized! Further, unpublished diagrams in Teilhard's hand were included in this publication as well as an excellent black and white photograph of Teilhard in his priestly collar and scientific coat.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
This new translation is welcome, yet it makes claims beyond its value. It is offered as a corrective to the serious deficiencies of the 1959 translation of Bernard Wall, although he is never acknowledge by name. Only a few illustrations are given of these serious deficiencies, but the man one concerns the title, where the Phenomenon of Man is said to be serious mistranslation. One observes how the word ?man? is judiciously avoided throughout, often making a sentence longer or awkward through this avoidance. In general, this new translation reads less clearly than Wall?s version. Sentences are often vague or awkward where in Wall they are sharp and clear. I recommend anyone to do a sentence by sentence comparison for themselves.
Leaving aside the question of the merits of the translation itself, the claims made in the Forward and the Introduction embody an attitude foreign to that of Teilhard. The work is spoken of with high excitement for things it is believed to imply, but which it does not say. Teilhard insists that this Essay is strictly scientific and not philosophical or theological, yet the discussions in these introductions treat it as though it is, thus aligning it with precisely the misguided criticisms it received in 1959. There is even a tinge of New Ageism in them. One feels that all these comments are all unnecessary clutter, and that the original introduction of Julian Huxley is of far higher quality, to the point, and more in keeping with the actual concerns of Teilhard the scientist.

In my view this new translation does not improve on Wall?s translation, and in many ways it is not as good. I was left rather disappointed.
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