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Concentric Space as a Life Principle Beyond Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Ricoeur: Inclusion of the Other

Paul Downes (Dublin City University, Ireland)



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10 October 2019
Western philosophy: Enlightenment; Psychotherapy
Concentric Space as a Life Principle beyond Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Ricoeur invites a fresh vision of human experience and search for life meanings in terms of potential openings through relational space. Offering a radical spatial rereading of foundational ideas of influential thinkers Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Ricoeur, it argues that these ideas can be rethought for a more fundamental understanding of life, self and other.

This book offers a radical reconceptualisation of space as an animating principle for life through common, although previously hidden, features across the thought of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Ricoeur. It offers a fresh spatial interpretation of key themes in these thinkers' works, such as compassion, will to life, Dionysian rapture, will to power, selfovercoming, re-valuation of values, eternal recurrence, living metaphor and intersubjectivity. It proposes a spatial restructuring of experience from diametric spaces of exclusion towards concentric spaces of inclusion for an experiential restructuring towards unifying modes of experience. This spatial rereading of these major figures in philosophy directly challenges many previous understandings, to offer a distinctive spatial-phenomenological framework for examining a life principle.

This book will appeal to academics, researchers and postgraduates engaged in the study of philosophy, wellbeing, education and human development. The book's interdisciplinary scope ensures that it is also of interest for those in the fields of psychology, anthropology, psychoanalysis and culture studies.
By:   Paul Downes (Dublin City University Ireland)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   531g
ISBN:   9781138306936
ISBN 10:   1138306932
Pages:   188
Publication Date:   10 October 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Undergraduate ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Acknowledgments Chapter 1 Introduction A Proto-Language of Space as Concentric and Diametric Space Space and a Life Principle Chapter 2 Features of the Spatial Proto-Language of Concentric and Diametric Space Concentric and Diametric Space as a Proto-language of Relation: Beyond Space as a Shadow Text Diametric and concentric projected spatial structures of relation: Assumed separation and assumed connection Diametric Space as Mirror Image Inversion and its Relation with Concentric Space Third entailment of the relative differences between concentric and diametric spaces: Foreground-background interaction versus noninteraction Gestalt Figure-Ground Spatial Relations as a Variant of Diametric Space Chapter 3 Compassion and Space The reduction of Schopenhauer's distinctive concept of compassion to egoism: A debate resting on primordial spatial assumptions of concentric and diametric space Compassion as concentric projected spatial structures of relation in contrast to egoism as diametric space - a spatial proto-language of connection and the thick partition of separation Diametric space as illusion and obstacle Compassion within the determinism of the empirical world: Background conditions of space Compassion: A different kind of rationality Foreground-Background Interaction Chapter 4 Rapture and Space Rapture as an Experiential Expansion in Dionysian Music: Tentative Nietzschean Steps towards Concentric Space as Opened Boundaries in his Gloss on Schopenhauer's Principium Individuationis The Issue of Crossing in Experience from Foreground to Background Space: A Proto-language of Monism, Concentric Spatial Relation and Diametric Spatial Opposition The Prerepresentative Mode of Music as a Concentric Spatial Dimension Restructuring Experience Critique of Heidegger's Interpretation of Nietzsche's Rapture Conclusion Chapter 5 The Spatial Background between Dionysian and Apollonian Myths A Prior Spatial Proto-language in Nietzsche's Dionysus-Apollo Relation as an Optic of Life: Diametric Space as Figure/Ground Contrasts and Monism that Lack an Inclusion Principle Promissory Notes towards a Concentric Spatial Relation ? A Transformational Relation Short of Dissolving The Void Hermeneutic Approaches in a Spatial-Phenomenological Reading of Nietzsche Chapter 6 Power and Space Nietzsche's Will to Power as a Diametric Spatial Inversion of a Life Principle The mirror image inversion of diametric space as a spatial process of turning: A reversal of life towards destruction Diametric Space in the Historical Myth of Dionysus Will to Power: Hemiplegia of the Connective Will Chapter 7 Space as Freedom in Experience Differing Dionysian Visions and Conceptions of Bounded Freedom in Nietzsche's Work Beyond Reevaluation of Values to Restructuring Habits of Emotion and Experience: An Emergent Vision of freedom for Chapter 8 Space as Movement: Eternal Recurrence beyond Homogenous Time Eternal Recurrence as Concentric Space Interacting with the Diametric Space of Will to Power The relationship between eternal recurrence and will to power in primordial spatial terms Taylor's Carnival Inversion as a Diametric Mirror Image Space for Play: Search for a Life Principle Prior to a Homogenous Space as Monism Vertical Interplay between Concentric and Diametric Space as Eternal Recurrence Includes a Horizontal Movement Towards Flattened Homogenous Space as Monism for Experience of Time Chapter 9 Space Prior to Metaphor At The Threshold of Ricoeur's Concerns in La Metaphore Vive: A Concentric and Diametric Spatial Discourse Building on Levi-Strauss and early Heidegger Ricoeur's Objections to Heidegger's Critique of the Metaphysical within the Metaphorical and to Jakobson's Selection-Combination Binarism: Issues for the Proposed Spatial Discourse of Concentric and Diametric Structures of Relation Beyond metaphor to concentric and diametric space as a system of meaning prior to language as protolanguage Chapter 10 Space and Internalisation of the Other A Living Spatial Movement of Relation - Reconceptualising Ricoeur's Oneself as Another and Heidegger's Being and Time Beyond Levi-Strauss' Structuralism to the Interplay between Diametric and Concentric Spaces as Pure Spatial Movement in Heidegger's Being and Time Diametric Space as Assumed Separation and Closure: A Discourse Anticipated by Ricoeur

Paul Downes is Associate Professor of Psychology, School of Human Development, Institute of Education, Dublin City University, Ireland. He has over 100 international peer-reviewed publications across areas of philosophy, psychology, education, law, anthropology and social policy and has given keynotes and invited presentations in 29 countries.

Reviews for Concentric Space as a Life Principle Beyond Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Ricoeur: Inclusion of the Other

Paul Downes' book is a rich meditation on how the question of being is at one level the question of well-being, and he explores this in an original and engaging way by investigating the interplay of what he calls the 'diametric' and 'concentric' space-time that structures our existence. He contends that it is 'concentric space' in particular that has been increasingly closed off in the contemporary world, and his aim is to open up this space again so that we may breathe more deeply--or in Heidegger's language, so that we may dwell more fully as mortals upon the earth under the sky in the presence of others, the divinities, and all beings and things. Richard Capobianco, Professor of Philosophy, Stonehill College, and author of Engaging Heidegger and Heidegger's Way of Being.

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