Concentric Space as a Life Principle Beyond Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Ricoeur: Inclusion of the Other

1st Edition

Paul Downes

October 15, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 208 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138306936 - CAT# Y367379


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Concentric Space as a Life Principle Beyond Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Ricoeur invites a fresh vision of human experience and search for life meanings in terms of potential openings through relational space. Offering a radical spatial re-reading of foundational ideas of influential thinkers, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Ricoeur, it argues that these ideas can be re-thought for a more fundamental understanding of life, self and other.

This book offers a radical reconceptualization of space as an animating principle for life through common though previously hidden features across the thought of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Ricoeur. It offers a fresh spatial interpretation of key themes in these thinkers’ works, such as compassion, will to life, Dionysian rapture, will to power, selfovercoming, re-valuation of values, eternal recurrence, living metaphor and intersubjectivity. It proposes a spatial restructuring of experience from diametric spaces of exclusion towards concentric spaces of inclusion for an experiential restructuring towards unifying modes of experience. This spatial rereading of these major figures in philosophy directly challenges many previous understandings, to offer a distinctive spatial phenomenological framework for examining a life principle.

This book will appeal to academics, researchers and postgraduates engaged in the study of the philosophy, education, wellbeing and human development. The book’s interdisciplinary scope ensures that it is also of interest for those in the fields of psychology, anthropology, culture studies and education.

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