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Inward Morning

A Philosophical Exploration in Journal Form

Henry Bugbee Introduction by Gabriel Marcel New Introduction by Edward F. Moone

Publication Year: 1999

When first published in 1958, The Inward Morning was ahead of its time. Boldly original, it blended East and West, nature and culture, the personal and the universal. The critical establishment, confounded, largely ignored the work. Readers, however, embraced Bugbee's lyrical philosophy of wilderness. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s this philosophical daybook enjoyed the status of an underground classic.

With this paperback reissue, The Inward Morning will be brought to the attention of a new generation. Henry Bugbee is increasingly recognized as the only truly American existentialist and an original philosopher of wilderness who is an inspiration to a growing number of contemporary philosophers.

Published by: University of Georgia Press

Contents

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pp. vii-

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Introduction: Philosophy in Wilderness

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pp. ix-xxii

We sometimes think a dawn of meaning or discovery brings answers to a restless, questioning mind. But often it opens new vistas and sometimes boundless ones. Then life's streams and seas lift us bodily, offer glimpses of worlds too strange to know and sounds of grief or celebration. This is the tangled and alluring place in which our lives are found, bound in ...

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Preface

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pp. 9-12

A life's work takes shape slowly. There is a periodicity about it. At intervals of years there comes a real show-down. Then one discovers, within the scope of his powers at the time, what he has been about. These pages represent such a period for me. Since they rounded out in the fall of 1953, the period which they represent has assumed ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 13-16

First and foremost I must speak of my debt to Gabriel Marcel. It pervades the pages of this work. The many explicit references to his thought, where time and again things he has said slipped into place, only partially convey the nature and extent of my debt to him. My intense interest in Marcel's writings was the natural consequence of ...

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Introduction to the 1958 Edition

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pp. 17-32

After weighing my words carefully, I do not hesitate to say that my encounter with the thought and personality of Henry Bugbee will prove to have been a noteworthy event in my life. This encounter is reminiscent of my discovery more than forty years ago of the major work of another American, W. E. Hocking, to whom, with Henri ...

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The Inward Morning

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pp. 33-232

In the chapter of his Autobiography entitled "Projective Verse," William Carlos Williams has recorded the notion that in the writing of a poem one perception must move instantly on another; also "form is never more than an extension of content."1 Now for me philosophy is in the end an approximation to the poem, "a structure built upon ...

Index

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pp. 233-234


E-ISBN-13: 9780820340265
E-ISBN-10: 082034026X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780820320717
Print-ISBN-10: 0820320714

Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 1999