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Jean Wahl, Alan D. Schrift, and Ian Alexander Moore

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823273010

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823273010.001.0001

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Preface to Toward the Concrete

Preface to Toward the Concrete

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(p.32) 2 Preface to Toward the Concrete
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Transcendence and the Concrete
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Jean Wahl

, Alan D. Schrift, Ian Alexander Moore
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823273010.003.0002

First published in 1932, Vers le concret(“Toward the Concrete”) served as something of a manifesto for a new approach to philosophy in France, one that turned away from idealism and toward the questions that would engage phenomenology and existentialism. The Preface draws out the themes that Wahl sees uniting the three figures discussed in the book’s three chapters: William James, Alfred North Whitehead, and Gabriel Marcel, all the while showing the proximity of these three thinkers to the work of Heidegger. About this work, Jean-Paul Sartre would later write: “What interested us, however, was real men with their labors and their troubles. We cried out for a philosophy which would account for everything, and we did not perceive that it existed already and that it was precisely this philosophy which provoked in us this demand. At that time one book enjoyed a great success among us—Jean Wahl’s Toward the Concrete. … the work pleased us, for it embarrassed idealism by discovering in the universe paradoxes, ambiguities, conflicts, still unresolved.”

Keywords:   empiricism, Martin Heidegger, immanence, William James, Gabriel Marcel, phenomenology, realism, transcendence, Alfred North Whitehead

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