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The Mystery of Being contains the most systematic exposition of the philosophical thought of Gabriel Marcel, a convert to Catholicism and the most distinguished twentieth-century exponent of Christian existentialism. Its two volumes are the Gifford lectures which Marcel delivered in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1949 and 1950. Marcel's work fundamentally challenges most of the ma ...more
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Published February 1st 2001 by St. Augustine's Press (first published 1951)
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Magdelanye
A mysterious journey,carfully elucidated,around the central questions concerning existence,such as who am I? how do I know for certain I exisit?

You may not still have the answer after reading this first volume but at least you will feel less silly about it.
Benjamin
Marcel presents some great accounts of the mysterious nature of our being and our increasing lack of ability to grasp ourselves. However, the continual conflation of ineffability with Christianity becomes tiresome quickly. I'm holding off on reading volume 2 in order to recharge my impartiality.
Ephrem
Marcel explores the nature...and need...of spiritual realities with precision and originality. This is not an easy read! The commentary by Thomas Anderson is quite helpful.
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Dec 04, 2009 Erik marked it as to-read
Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Chapter 15, as one of Twelve Collections of Lectures and Reflections.
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Gabriel Marcel (1889–1973) was a philosopher, drama critic, playwright and musician. He converted to Catholicism in 1929 and his philosophy was later described as “Christian Existentialism” (most famously in Jean-Paul Sartre's “Existentialism is a Humanism”) a term he initially endorsed but later repudiated. In addition to his numerous philosophical publications, he was the author of some thirty d ...more
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