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The Human Place in the Cosmos

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Upon Scheler's death in 1928, Martin Heidegger remarked that he was the most important force in philosophy at the time. 'The Human Place in the Cosmos', the last of the works Scheler completed, is a pivotal piece in the development of his writing as a whole, marking a peculiar shift in his approach and thought.
Paperback, 104 pages
Published December 11th 2008 by Northwestern University Press (first published June 1962)
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Florencia
Jul 20, 2013 Florencia rated it really liked it
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It's the first time I read Scheler. This work, originally entitled Die Stellung des Menschen im Kosmos (1928), was a bit tough to follow. “A bit tough”, who am I kidding? It was painfully difficult, I'm not that familiar with philosophic anthropology, but I want to.
Well, he tries to explain the little detail that is the essence of man, his relationship with animals and plants, and his metaphysical origin and place. He writes about the idea of human nature, according to different conceptions on t
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Public_enemy
Apr 12, 2012 Public_enemy rated it really liked it
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Some kind of recapitulation of Hegel and Marx. Balancing idealism and materialism.
Robin Friedman
Nov 24, 2016 Robin Friedman rated it it was amazing
Outside The Cosmos

Titled "The Human Place in the Cosmos", Max Scheler's book finds that the human place is largely outside the Cosmos. Scheler (1874 -- 1928), was a German philosopher who studied with Dilthey and Simmel. His own pupils included Edith Stein, and he deeply influenced other thinkers including Merleau-Ponty and Pope John Paul II. Scheler was deeply influenced by Edmund Husserl's phenomenology even though he became a sharp critic of Husserl. Before Scheler's death, Martin Heidegger c
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Minäpäminä
Jun 10, 2017 Minäpäminä rated it really liked it
66 tiivistä sivua muun muassa ihmisen ja jumalan synnystä. On nautinto lukea rationaalista ja jäsenneltyä, mutta silti rohkeaa ja "korkeaa" filosofiaa.
Drew
In brief: 'Tis a shame that Scheler died before he could complete this work and follow it up further, even if I would criticize it at some crucial points (esp. theology).

Not only does he, in his own way, challenge the Cartesian foundation of modern(ist) philosophy, but this work in particular has a special sense of negotiating between the two new preceding 'movements' in philosophy: the 'masters of suspicion' (i.e. Marx, Nietzsche, Freud) and Husserl's phenomenology. Together, Scheler articulate
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Franklin Trejo
Jun 11, 2014 Franklin Trejo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me quedo pensando en la misma pregunta con la que Scheler comenzó. ¿Qué es el hombre? Comparto la idea del autor al decir que justamente aquello que nos hace diferentes es "espíritu" aquello que es inaccesible para los animales y plantas. Ésto a su vez genera algunas dudas más pues en la actualidad es concepto de "espíritu" o "espíritual" se encuentra sin ninguna definición clara o sucede lo que decía el autor en la introducción: que existen diversas corrientes ... pero ninuna de ellas se encuen ...more
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Bob
Jul 27, 2008 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent essay by Scheler. A new translation is coming out soon by Manfred Frings (Northwestern U Press). Should become the standard.
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Max Scheler (August 22, 1874, Munich – May 19, 1928, Frankfurt am Main) was a German philosopher known for his work in phenomenology, ethics, and philosophical anthropology. Scheler developed further the philosophical method of the founder of phenomenology, Edmund Husserl, and was called by José Ortega y Gasset "the first man of the philosophical paradise." After his demise in 1928, Heidegger affi ...more
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