By Enzo Paci (auth.), F. J. Smith, Erling Eng (eds.)

In an age that is supposedly experiencing a sexual revolution, a quantity of considerate essays on eros is not just now not misplaced yet probably is a good contribution to the certainty of contempor­ ary guy. It was once the conviction of the editors that the medical view of sexuality, as promoted in such priceless experiences as these carried out through Masters and Johnson, wanted significant complement and consistent with­ spective. the point of view is the following provided through writers from either Europe and the United States, authors from numerous fields, similar to philosophy, psychology, or even musicology, all of whom are united, in that their method of the matter of eros is phenomenologically orientated. firstly it will probably good appear unusual that musicology could have a lot to assert approximately eros. it's actual, musicology has been the "science" of tune, a minimum of in cause. but in a bigger view of the self-discipline, philo­ sophical and aesthetic difficulties also are vital to it, and this really if we trust Enzo Paci, that our very tradition is determined by eros. absolutely musical tradition, as mentioned via Kierkegaard, is the embodiment of what western civilization has often called sensuality; and Mozart's Don Giovanni is its incarnation. at the floor it truly is more uncomplicated for us to understand the paintings of the thinker during this zone; and, after all, one expects the psychologist to accommodate sexuality extra explicitly than a person else.

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Breadth" as criterion of the openedness of the world, and openedness of the world as criterion of knowledge and its truth content, has become axiomatic for the phenomenological direction of inquiry. As sole criterion, that would allow deviation into dubious biases, above all those of irrationalism and the glorification of immediacy, in contrast to every form of mediacy (Adorno). , the dependability and precision of knowledge. Both criteria together, in their polarity and mutual enhancement, are alone able to do justice to the nature of truth and the dialectical process of its development.

A special phenomenological inquiry would be needed, in order to ferret out the relationships between this "epoche of the natural attitude" and "love" in the Binswangerian usage. 11 Here we might recall V. v. Weizsacker: "To make inquiry of what is living, one must participate in life" (1947, V), but above all the principle of "participant observation" of H. S. Sullivan. 11 At this point a comparison with the more sharply conceived concept of imagination as employed by Steiner could take us farther.

Source: Nuovi Argomenti, nos. 51-52, 1961, pp. " W. e. feelings and moods, are referred to in connection with the acquisition of knowledge, it is customary for the way in which they disturb cognition or even distort truth to be placed in the foreground of discussion. Knowledge is considered as mediation of what is "objective," in all the complex meaning of this word. By contrast, the world of feeling appears as the realm of subjectivity. What can it do but impair understanding? Thus it is usual to exclude feelings and moods as far as possible where knowledge is concerned, especially scientific knowledge.

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