The Vision of Gabriel Marcel

Epistemology, Human Person, the Transcendent


This book illustrates the profound implications of Gabriel Marcel’s unique existentialist approach to epistemology not only for traditional themes in his work concerning ethics and the transcendent, but also for epistemological issues, concerning the objectivity of knowledge, the problem of skepticism, and the nature of non-conceptual knowledge, among others. There are also chapters of dialogue with philosophers, Jacques Maritain and Martin Buber. In focusing on these themes, the book makes a distinctive contribution to the literature on Marcel.


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Brendan Sweetman, a native of Dublin, Ireland, is Professor of Philosophy at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO, USA. His books include Why Politics Needs Religion: The Place of Religious Arguments in the Public Square (InterVarsity, 2006) and Religion: Key Concepts in Philosophy (Continuum Books, 2007). He has co-authored or co-edited several other books, including Truth and Religious Belief (M.E. Sharpe, 1998), and Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology (Oxford University Press, 1992). Professor Sweetman has published more than fifty articles and reviews in a variety of collections and journals, including International Philosophical Quarterly, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Faith and Philosophy, Philosophia Christi, and Review of Metaphysics. He writes regularly in the areas of continental philosophy, philosophy of religion, political philosophy and ethics.
Editorial Foreword by Kenneth A. Bryson
Foreword by Kathleen Rose Hanley
List of Abbreviations
ONE: Marcel’s Critique of Cartesianism
TWO: Human Being as a Being-in-a-Situation
THREE: The Objectivity of Knowledge
FOUR: Secondary Reflection, Ethics, and the Transcendent
FIVE: Religious Experience, and the Affirmation of God
SIX: A Marcelian Critique of the Problem of Skepticism
SEVEN: Marcel and Traditional Philosophical Problems
EIGHT: Non-Conceptual Knowledge: Marcel and Maritain
NINE: From an Epistemological Point of View: Buber and Marcel
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