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The Religious Sense [Paperback]

Luigi Giussani , John E. Zucchi
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Table of Contents

Foreword Jean Bethke Elshtain
Introduction J. Francis Stafford
Preface
1 The First Premise: Realism
Our Subject
The Method of Research Is Imposed by the Object: A Reflection on One's Own Experience
Experience Implies an Evaluation
Criterion for the Evaluation
Elementary Experience
Man, the Ultimate Judge?
Ascesis for Liberation
2 The Second Premise: Reasonableness
Reasonableness: A Structural Requirement of
Man
Reductive Use of Reason
Diversity of Procedures
A Particularly Important Procedure
An Application of the Method of Moral
Certainty: Faith
3 The Third Premise: The Impact of Morality
on the Dynamic of Knowing
Reason Inseparable from the Unity of the "I"
Reason Bound to Feeling
The Hypothesis of Reason Without
Interference
An Existential Question and a Question of
Method
Another Point of View
The Morality of Knowing
Preconception
4 The Religious Sense: The Starting Point
Premise
How to Proceed
The "I"-in-Action
Involvement with Life
Aspects of the Involvement
A Double Reality
Corollary
The Materialistic Reduction
5 The Religious Sense: Its Nature
Premise
The Level of Certain Questions
At the Core of Our Being
The Need for a Total Answer
Disproportion Before the Total Answer
Structural Disproportion
Sadness
The Nature of the "I" as Promise
The Religious Sense as a Dimension
Conclusion
6 Unreasonable Positions Before the Ultimate Question: Emptying the Question
Premise
The Theoretical Denial of the Questions
The Voluntaristic Substitution of Questions
Personal Praxis
Utopianism
The Social Project
The Practical Denial of the Questions
7 Unreasonable Positions Before the Ultimate Question: Reduction of the Question
The Aesthetic or Sentimental Evasion
The Desperate Negation
The Impossible Aspiration ("The Impotent Hope")
Reality as Illusion
Nothingness as Essence
Alienation
8 Consequences of the Unreasonable Positions Before the Ultimate Question
The Break with the Past
Incommunicativeness and Solitude
Loss of Freedom
9 Preconception, Ideology, Rationality, and the Religious Sense
Preconceptions: Clarifications
Ideology
Reason
The Religious Sense and Rationality
10 How the Ultimate Questions Arise: The Way of the Religious Sense
Awe of the "Presence"
The Cosmos
"Providential" Reality
The Dependent "I"
The Law of the Heart
Conclusion
11 The Experience of the Sign
Provocation
The Sign
Irrational Denial
Life as Need
You, the Supreme Sign
The Discovery of Reason
Openings
12 The Adventure of Interpretation
The Factor of Freedom Before the Ultimate Enigma
The World as Parable
13 An Education in Freedom
Education in Freedom as Responsibility
An Education in Learning How to Ask
The Experience of Risk
14 Reason's Energy Seeks to Penetrate the Unknown
Reason's Driving Force
A Vertiginious Position
Reason's Impatience
A Distorting Point of View
Idols
A Consequence
Dynamics of the Identification of the Idol
Conclusion
15 The Hypothesis of Revelation: Conditions
for Its Acceptability
Notes
Subject Index
Author Index
Permissions

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