© 1987

Search Without Idols


Part of the Martinus Nijhoff Philosophy Library book series (MNPL, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Toward a new perspective on totalities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William Horosz
      Pages 33-61
    3. William Horosz
      Pages 63-96
    4. William Horosz
      Pages 131-167
  3. A critical look at modern totalities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Marxist literature

      1. William Horosz
        Pages 173-210
    3. Totalisms in phenomenology and phenomenological ontology

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 393-396

About this book


Search Without Idols is a study of human transcendence in the context of human striving, projecting, surpassing, overcoming. This power is central to man's search for wholeness. Such transcendence makes reality tolerable. It provides us with ~m impressive array of human responses which enable us to cope. But it also provides the excesses that go beyond human striving. Nothing seems to be off-limits to this ubiquitous power. Such a state of surpassing limits is what we find in the relation between the human search for wholeness and the quest for external totalities which lies beyond the human context. Such soaring flights beyond the capacity of human striving are hard to control, impossible to show responsibility-for and beyond the reach of criteria. The reach exceeds both our grasp and our control. Transcendence, then, is a greatly used and much abuse~ human power. Its activities have never ceased to amaze me, its excesses have always troubled me even from the beginning of my studies. This book is not an exercise in self-clarification. I have some thoughts on the matter which I wish to share with the reader. Perhaps we can mutually appreciate the great gift without compromising our sanity. Part I will provide a new look at the meaning of transcendence.


Edmund Husserl English literature Karl Marx Martin Heidegger Marx hermeneutics history history of literature language nature ontology phenomenology project sociology subject

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of OklahomaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Search Without Idols
  • Authors W. Horosz
  • Series Title Martinus Nijhoff Philosophy Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-247-3327-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-8062-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-3493-1
  • Series ISSN 0168-5090
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 396
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Man
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