The Ever-Present Origin is a translation of Ursprung und Gegenwart, a book which was published in German in two parts around and The central . Digital Resources for Ever-Present Origin “Rendering Darkness and Light Present: Jean Gebser and the Principle of Diaphany”, Aaron. Our purpose here is to become acquainted with Jean Gebser’s seminal work, The Ever- Present Origin [1]. To this end, it would be helpful at the onset to gain a.

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A Contribution to the History of the Awakening of Counsciousness. He sought to avoid calling this process “evolutionary”, since any such notion was illusory when applied to the “unfolding of consciousness. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It treads new paths, opens new vistas, and gebseer so doing it is vastly, solidly, and subtly documented by a wealth of anthropological, mythological, linguistic, artistic, philosophical, and scientific material which is fruitfully brought into play and shown in its multifold and striking interrelationships.

Jean Gebser

They were identical with that world. Open Preview See a Problem? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Nov 30, Joel rated it it was ok. Furthermore, he knew that thought was never simply a mental exercise restricted to one’s writing. I don’t share his broad characterizations of “the orient”. I am just saying: I’m going to look again. It is difficult, it is dense, it is odd pages long, but I don’t want to miss a drop. Jean Hans Gebser was a philosopher, linguist, and poet whose work on human consciousness was a major influence on the later “Integral” movement.


Please note that the title associated with this cover is not quite right, lacking the word “The” and being Parts One and Two. Unlike the archaic structure in which there is a “perfect identity of man and universe”, [10] man is aware of nature as something within which his community must “listen” and act in order to orugin. James Culbertson rated it it was amazing Feb 19, No orgiin or quizzes yet.

The mental structure lives time as lineardirected or “progressive” and space becomes the box-like, vacuum-like homogeneous space of geometry.

Consciousness is “presence”, or “being present”: Each consciousness structure eventually becomes deficient, and is replaced by a following structure. Dec 07, Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is one of the 3 books you grab on your way out of your burning house. The greatest book ever written.

Gebser notes that “to progress” is to move gebsr something and is thus also to move away from something else; therefore, progress is an inappropriate term to describe the structures of consciousness.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. A profound book that brings ever-new insights into the significance of existence and evolution. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The term “archaic” as jaen here is derived from the Greek arce, meaning inception, or origin. Any attempt to give a direction or goal to the unfolding of awareness is illusory in that it is based upon a limited, mentalistic, linear notion of time.


Jean Gebser – Wikipedia

Reading this, one can actually embody the thin screen door between historicism and historicity; the transformation of all theory from a thorough revaluation of humankind’s engagement with existence and being.

VERY briefly, the archaic is instinctual and primitive. Gebser wrote that the question as to the fate of gebset is still open, that for it to become closed would be the ultimate tragedy, but that such a closure remains a possibility.

Eliot temporal thinking thought three-dimensional time-freedom preent tion transparent unconscious unity validity visible vital whole word Zurich. The rational structure of awareness seeks to deny the other structures with its claim that humans are exclusively rational.

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