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What Happens to Us When We Think
Transformation and Reality
What Happens to Us When We Think
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Michael Gelven - Author
Price: $49.50 
Hardcover - 157 pages
Release Date: July 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5747-8
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5747-4

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Paperback - 157 pages
Release Date: July 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5748-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5748-1

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Explores the transformation humans undergo when they do metaphysics.

Author Michael Gelven suggests that thinking metaphysically transforms us, and consequently the nature of metaphysics itself is transformational. Using concrete existential phenomena such as the learning process, how children mature into adults, and how fear can develop into courage, he establishes an understanding of metaphysical transformation.

"Gelven's book is an analysis of the very nature of philosophical thinking. Clearly inspired by certain canonical figures, such as Plato, Kant, and Heidegger, it is ultimately an original exploration of this theme. The author's originality and insightfulness is, perhaps, best illustrated in his analysis of the transition from childhood to adulthood—an issue that is rarely addressed by philosophers. By explicating the basic structure of this transition, Gelven shows that there is a genuinely metaphysical, rather than merely physical, psychological, or sociological aspect to the move from childhood to adulthood. Here Gelven breaks new ground." — Mark Basil Tanzer, author of Heidegger, Decisionism, and Quietism

Michael Gelven is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Northern Illinois University and the author of many books, including Truth and the Comedic Art, also published by SUNY Press, and A Commentary on Heidegger's Being and Time, Revised Edition.


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Table of Contents

1. Transformations

2. Wonder

3. Being Real

4. Violence

5. Truth

6. The Learner

7. The Student

8. The Child

9. Conflict and Coherence

10. Origins

Index



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