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The Priority of the Other
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The Priority of the Other: Thinking and Living Beyond the Self

Mark Freeman

Abstract

This book provides a radical reorientation of our most basic ways of making sense of the human condition. Contemporary psychology – as well as our own ordinary understanding of experience – remains largely ego-centric in focus, seeing the self as the primary source of meaning and value. Working from this basic premise, it is proposed that we adopt a more “ex-centric” perspective, one that affirms the priority of the Other in shaping human experience. In speaking of the “Other,” the reference is not only to other people, but also to those non-human “others” – nature, art, God – that take us bey ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, art, attention, devotion, dialogue, ethics, human condition, meditation, mindfulness, other, religion, religious experience, self, transcendence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199759309
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759309.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Freeman, author
College of the Holy Cross