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Tragic Sense of Life Paperback – June 1, 1954
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His down-to-earth demeanor and no-nonsense outlook makes this 1921 book a favorite of intellectuals to this day, a practical, sensible discussion of the war between faith and reason that consumed the twentieth century and continues to rage in the twenty-first century.
de Unamuno's philosophy is not the stuff of a rarefied realm but an integral part of fleshly, sensual life, metaphysics that speaks to daily living and the real world. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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He works to provide the basis for a belief based on on reason, which he calls anti-vital, but on necessity. It is necessary for us, as men of flesh and bone, to believe that we can exist indefinitely. Reason tells us that we cannot. It is the confluence of these two beliefs that creates the tragic sense of life.
This is one of the best and most important books I've read, and I'd recommend it to anyone capable of sitting down and reading it.
It was the attempt to resolve this conflict between faith and reason, by St. Thomas Aquinas and others, which produced "the Rationalist dissolution" of scholastic philosophy. Philosophers and theologians who attempted to "rationalize" the existence of God only ended up losing their real faith in God, substituting for it faith in the God idea.
Unamuno contends that man needs to believe in his personal immortality, and that those who say they have accepted personal annihilation are in self-deception. He further asserts that God created man, and man, in turn, creates god, each in the other's image. He speculates that all of evolution, throughout the whole universe, is a process of consciousness, or spirit, seeking to free itself from matter. God suffers, as each finite being suffers.
This idea reminded me of the Hindu notion that God loses himself in each being, engaging in divine Lila or play by pretending to be simply the finite being, and then craving reunification with the All.Read more ›
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My consciousness is my pulse of the nearby death future and therefore my limitations and subsequent pessimism that is brought about by the objective narrow view point so ubiquitous... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jorge
one of the great philosophic books of the early 1900's. Unamuno was a humanist thinker in a later time of the Spanish civil war.Published 11 months ago by Frederick Mazie
Whatever edition you get, be it kindle, the recurring Dover books editions, or the Kerrigan translation, read it and enjoy it! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Donald M. Brooks
Unamuno's elaborations on the absurdity of mortality are very insightful. I resonate in particular with his discussion of strife and how it can push one towards achieving... Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by el_schnee
Was very insightful and mind expanding. Worth a read for anybody who has questions about life, spirituality, philosofy, and God.Published on September 20, 2013 by J. Rodriguez
I first read this book in my late 20"s after being introduced to it by a Argentinian woman.( Whom I fell in love with and still love to this day!! Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Todd G. Allen
this was way boring. they need be to say more words, so, it was not what i thought it would be.Published on April 17, 2013 by barbara
Thank god, this is a good translation. There is another version whose translation in unreadable. The hardcopy version is the bad one, so horrible that I would suggest anyone to... Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Indranil Chakravarty