In this work, Teilhard describes evolution as a process that leads to increasing complexity, culminating in the unification of consciousness. The text was written in the s, but it achieved publication only posthumously, in In depth, the work seeks to unify multiple scientific fields, as per the author's multidisciplinary approach in his own career, with the principles of religion and broader human understandings of existence into a coherent whole. Centering upon biological evolution, Chardin articulates a vision of the universe itself as gradually increasing in complexity and unity from early chaos into ever greater oneness. Drawing upon his devout Christianity , the author argues for a morally idealistic understanding of human nature through which social advancement under the watchful eye of God will eventually lead to a total reconciliation of all things and a final state of absolute collective consciousness , which Chardin titled the " Omega Point ". Thus, history 's final state will take place such that all of the creatures of the universe exist together with Jesus Christ as the " Logos " or sacred "Word".
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Browse the world's largest eBookstore and start reading today on the web, tablet, phone, or ereader. Born in Sarcenat, France, Teilhard de Chardin was the son of a landowner and was educated at a Jesuit school. In he was ordained a Jesuit priest, but also became interested in geology and paleontology. Between and , he went on paleontological and anthropological expeditions to China and Central Asia, where he helped discover Peking Man in His work in Cenozoic geology and paleontology earned him widespread recognition, including the French Legion of Honour Early Man in China, one of his writings from his period as a scientist, is still available.
Teilhard de Chardin's lively mind moved beyond science to speculative cosmology. He ranks as an interpreter of naturalistic evolution within a broadened framework of spirituality. During his lifetime his writings were disapproved by the authorities in his order and the church; however, their posthumous publication in the wake of Vatican II catapulted Teilhard into the very center of attention, by intellectuals and philosophers throughout the world.
Although his views seem insupportable to many more cautious minds, they have been taken seriously and have stimulated considerable discussion. Teilhard's system on philosophy has been ably epitomized by J. Bruns in his review of Phenomenon of Man: ""The story of life is not more than a movement of consciousness veiled by morphology.
Evolution has not run its course. Geogenesis led to biogenesis, "which turned out in the end to be nothing else than psychogenesis. Psychogenesis has led to man. Now it efficaces itself, relieved or absorbed by another and a higher functionthe engendering and subsequent development of all the stages of the mind, in one word noogenesis noogenesis. Account Options Sign in. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Shop for Books on Google Play Browse the world's largest eBookstore and start reading today on the web, tablet, phone, or ereader.
The Human Phenomenon. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. He wrote of the beginnings of our planet, the emergence of life, the birth of thought and the development of socialization in order to give humankind the inner vision necessary to thrive in an expanding universe. The original translation into English contained many fundamental mistakes clouding our understanding of Teilhard de Chardin's vision. Sarah Appleton-Weber has based her new translation, which is endorsed by the Teilhard de Chardin Foundation Paris , on her careful comparison of the four versions of the French text.
Poet and scholar Appleton-Weber, who has closely studied Teilhard's essays, letters, and other writing, gives a consistent and coherent voice to this translation of Teilhard's book. Bibliographic information. Sarah Appleton Weber.
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