Gabriel Marcel John F. Zeugner - Essay

John F. Zeugner

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Like many existentialists Marcel eschews systematic thought or interlocking philosophic abstractions. He presents his "various data" in a manner that is always reflective, exploratory, occasionally contradictory—proceeding from flashes of insight or acute psychological dissections of particular, concrete situations, rather than from consistently elaborated premises. His style is properly matched to his favorite journal form—periodic entries which return to, as well as abandon, a few dominant themes. Nonetheless, in two major works, The Mystery of Being and Being and Having …, something like a system of concerns can be identified.

For Marcel, intersubjectivity, that is, the...

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