Tragic Sense of Life Paperback – January 9, 2018
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I recommend Mist, The Treatise on the Love of God, and Abel Sanchez and Stories also for a mix of his fiction and other Treatises. And when you read him, be sure to also read Ortega y Gasset, Jose Ferrater Mora, and Xavier Zubiri! Great Spanish philosophers who do not get enough credit for their genius.
It's in two parts. In the first he discusses the gap between the promise and potential of life and the limitations and restraints that confront us, chief among which are the fences that rational thinking puts around us. He says that everyone's greatest wish is for immortality, yet our everyday minds tell us that this is impossible to achieve, hence the "tragic sense of life".
The second part, offers his solution -- a version of the Christian faith that affirms basic teachings of the Bible and the church. In some instances, though, he goes his own way, particularly in his discussion of consciousness and, if I'm not mistaken, in hints that people achieve their own salvations.
While it is a joy for me to read a strong defence of a spiritual approach to life, which I would read it again for the sake of the passion and intelligence of discussion,I consider this work a door-opener for pilgrims rather than a final resting point.
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.
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This just shows how an older generation brought up on print thinks about books. I have more than one e-reader and thousands of physical books but there's a Proustian value to certain books which can't be changed. Even writing this makes me feel sad.
It looks like written with a typewriter and then photocopied.
It's already in bad shape even I didn't read it.
For this quality it should be much more cheaper.
Therefore the cover of this book is half a lie.