- Paperback: 646 pages
- Publisher: Ohio University Press; 1st edition (August 31, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821407694
- ISBN-13: 978-0821407691
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ever-Present Origin, Part One: Foundations of the Aperspectival World and Part Two: Manifestations of the Aperspectival World 1st Edition
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It is the single greatest book I have ever read.
So much of what is contained in this book either corroborates with, correlates to, or strengthens much of what the postmodern philosophers have done since Bergson, Husserl, and existentialism's hay-day. A main strength of the book is something I personally see as contained yet LATENT in the project of postmodernist philosophy at-large: the overcoming of philosophy itself and the overcoming of strictly dualistic ontology through an awareness of reality as a-psychic and a-physical, through something Gebser calls "verition", a spiritual awareness of things in their wholeness. Yet the most important thing contained in the book is the characterization of consciousness as a mutating structure that makes discontinuous jumps, the most "recent" of which is an awareness of time as a quality, not simply a quantity, and the ramifications such a consciousness holds.
In addition to this, the book itself is written soberly, with seemingly endless sources, data, examples, and a simply astonishingly vast scope that still did not strip the book of rigor and attention to detail, as is the danger in such a large undertaking. I can only imagine how limited my insights from Gebser's investigations are in relation to what future generations will take from his book. This book has hardly even begun to be understood. Read it; it will enrich you in a way that philosophy usually can't.