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In Appeal and Attitude, Steven G. Smith offers a multicultural view into issues at the heart of existentialism, hermeneutics, and the phenomenology of religion. By looking closely at the concepts of appeal, or what commands our attention, and attitude, or the quality of the attention we pay, Smith probes into the core of religious ideals to answer questions such as why faith and rationality are compelling and how religious experience becomes meaningful. Smith turns to philosophical and religious texts from Eastern and Western religious and philosophical traditions including Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida, Confucius, and the Bhagavad-Gita. He also engages everyday objects such as stones, birds, boats, and minnows to arrive at normative definitions of supreme appeal and sovereign attitude. This book provides readers at all levels with a thoughtful and widely comparative window into idealism, community, responsibility, piety, faith, and love.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1. Appeals
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 2. Appeal in the Axial Age
  2. pp. 19-39
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  1. 3. The Appeal in Modern Philosophy
  2. pp. 40-72
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  1. 4. The Appeal in Modern Theology
  2. pp. 73-104
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  1. 5. Attitudes
  2. pp. 105-117
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  1. 6. Attitude in the Axial Age
  2. pp. 118-180
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  1. 7. Attitude Issues in Modern Philosophy
  2. pp. 166-226
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  1. 8. Attitude Issues in Modern Theology
  2. pp. 227-267
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  1. 9. A Frame for Pneumaticism
  2. pp. 268-284
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 284-328
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 329-344
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  1. index
  2. pp. 345-356
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