The Givenness of Things

These seventeen essays examine the ideas that have inspired and provoked one of our finest writers throughout her life.

The Givenness of Things

Author: Marilynne Robinson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374714312

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The spirit of our times can appear to be one of joyless urgency. As a culture we have become less interested in the exploration of the glorious mind, and more interested in creating and mastering technologies that will yield material well-being. But while cultural pessimism is always fashionable, there is still much to give us hope. In The Givenness of Things, the incomparable Marilynne Robinson delivers an impassioned critique of our contemporary society while arguing that reverence must be given to who we are and what we are: creatures of singular interest and value, despite our errors and depredations. Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her novels, including the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lila and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, and in her new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern predicament and the mysteries of faith. These seventeen essays examine the ideas that have inspired and provoked one of our finest writers throughout her life. Whether she is investigating how the work of the great thinkers of the past, Calvin, Locke, Bonhoeffer--and Shakespeare--can infuse our lives, or calling attention to the rise of the self-declared elite in American religious and political life, Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on display. Exquisite and bold, The Givenness of Things is a necessary call for us to find wisdom and guidance in our cultural heritage, and to offer grace to one another.

What Are We Doing Here

What Are We Doing Here? is a call for Americans to continue the tradition of those great thinkers and to remake American political and cultural life as “deeply impressed by obligation [and as] a great theater of heroic generosity, which, ...

What Are We Doing Here

Author: Marilynne Robinson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374717788

Page: 336

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New essays on theological, political, and contemporary themes, by the Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson has plumbed the human spirit in her renowned novels, including Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith. Whether she is investigating how the work of great thinkers about America like Emerson and Tocqueville inform our political consciousness or discussing the way that beauty informs and disciplines daily life, Robinson’s peerless prose and boundless humanity are on full display. What Are We Doing Here? is a call for Americans to continue the tradition of those great thinkers and to remake American political and cultural life as “deeply impressed by obligation [and as] a great theater of heroic generosity, which, despite all, is sometimes palpable still.”

International Philosophical Quarterly

If there is divine givenness of some kind, it is epistemically far weaker in crucial
respects than the presentation of things and persons. One could make a strong
argument that religious experiences are simply a rather fine and exalted way of ...

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The Place of the French Revolution in History

Robert Darnton A Conflict Between “ Possibilism ” and “ The Givenness of Things
” Robert Darnton ( 1939 – ) is one of a small number of American scholars who
have collaborated with François Furet and other historians of the Annales school
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The Place of the French Revolution in History

Author: Marvin Rountree Cox

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Division

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This volume in the Problems in European Civilization series collects key essays from the historiography of the French Revolution, including positivist, Marxist, post-Marxist, and post-modern perspectives.

Hillbilly Thomist

Not only must the maker deploy his gifts in response to the givenness of things he
has experienced as pre - existing his own deployment of a knowledge of them .
He must as well recognize as a “ thing ” already pre - existing , in limits actual ...

Hillbilly Thomist

Author: Marion Montgomery

Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub

ISBN: 9780786426263

Page: 692

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"This analysis of O'Connor's works lays to rest the author's own self-deprecating description of herself as a "hillbilly" Thomist. Instead we see in O'Connor's writing a highly sophisticated mind, an in-convenience to the critics who dismiss her as anti-intellectual."--Provided by publisher.

The Hospitality of Presence

To scrutinize the givenness of things thus implies a close investigation of the
correlative forms of consciousness , and of " presence ” as the very medium
through which things present themselves to consciousness . How does one go
about ...

The Hospitality of Presence

Author: Daniel Birnbaum

Publisher: Almqvist & Wiksell International

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Tradition and Renewal

Some phenomenologists even claim that the subject is nothing else than the
givenness of things . However , the subject being “ that , ” or better , “ to whom ”
things are given , cannot itself be a mere thing . It must be added to this
determination ...

Tradition and Renewal

Author: David A. Boileau

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The Philosophy of Edmund Husserl

Empty - givenness is one of the things called " obscurity * , * or lack of clarity . But
even the originally given aenge 18 given with moro or less of " clarity " , in
another signification of the word . The thing on the other side of the room 18
positod as ...

The Philosophy of Edmund Husserl

Author: Dorion Cairns

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Address

For the thatness of things tries our strength in their vary-able manner of
appearance. Our strength proves itself in this battle as feminine acceptance of the
givenness of things, an acceptance modifying the masculine effort to determine
things in ...

Address

Author: Liliane Welch

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This World

Simply put , it is a sacramen - That is , people avoid the givenness of things in tal
view of the world . In such a vision , piety nature and prefer to live in abstract or
gnostic towards creation is that by which presumption , visions of the world .

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Idealistic Studies

The givenness of things as meaningful indicates that human awareness is in part
composed of things that are not constituted by a subjective action . My intellect or
subjective intentionality did not make the boat sailing on the sea available to ...

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Les Bonnes Feuilles

The essentially sensuous things of the fifth strophe are the same things that have
already appeared , disappeared , and ... Our strength proves itself in this battle as
feminine acceptance of the givenness of things , an acceptance modifying the ...

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Kierkegaard Studies

What links the two , first of all , is the question of origin – i . e . the givenness of
things . To know something , from this perspective , is not only to be able to
describe its structure but also to account for its genesis and to articulate the path
of its ...

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Internationalizing Teaching Localizing English

... lives today are more often powered not by the givenness of things but by the
possibilities that the media ( either directly or indirectly ) suggest are available . (
Appadurai , 1996 , p . 55 ) Appadurai ( 1996 ) ' s call for an alertness to the ...

Internationalizing Teaching  Localizing English

Author: Paul Robert McPherron

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American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly

By emphasizing the givenness of things ( even while prescinding from their being
) , and by stressing how even the subject is given in response to an originary call
, rather than being a constituting and domineering subject , I can detect a ...

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On to the World of Freedom

CHAPTER VII MAN IN THE TWILIGHT OF TWO WORLDS The Dawn of Ethics
and Theology l - Givenness of " THINGS - IN - THEMSELVES " as
Counterdistinguished from the Givenness of " the " THINGIN - ITSELF . Martin
Heidegger , leaving ...

On to the World of Freedom

Author: Francisco Peccorini Letona

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ISBN: 9780819126436

Page: 351

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Bill Viola

From the start , then , Viola was preoccupied with the way things had presence ,
wanting at once to articulate presence ... constitutes the givenness of things ; this
infinity breaks down the apparent spatial finitude of their givenness , showing it ...

Bill Viola

Author: Bill Viola

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