A study of the boundaries of existence

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
William Pike Davis (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Fritz Mengert

Abstract: This paper reflects the author's intense disquietude with the conventional attitudes concerning the vicissitudes of existence and wo/mankind's conduct in its facticity. Surveying the historical centrality of myths and relaying the creation myths from various cultures, the author muses over the power of myth and its archetypical importance to modern wo/man as the wellspring of existence. The problematic nature of wo/mankinds incessant need to know, to dominate and to control is explicated by a review of thoughts and writings of major philosophers and authors. This epistemic hunger manifested chiefly in the form of curosity is examined historically and existentially and its contribution to the progress of wo/mankind critically questioned. The present dilemma of human existence revealing itself in meaninglessness and purposelessness and resulting in wo/mans inhumanity to wo/man, extreme patriarchy, oppression, domination, subordination, competition and greed is lamented. The historical and present realization of absurdity and despair is presented through the thoughts and writings of existential philosophers.

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Language: English
Date: 1994
Myth $x Psychological aspects
Transcendence (Philosophy)

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