The Ever-Present Origin is a translation of Ursprung und Gegenwart, a book which was published in German in two parts around and The central . Our purpose here is to become acquainted with Jean Gebser’s seminal work, The Ever- Present Origin [1]. To this end, it would be helpful at the onset to gain a. Digital Resources for Ever-Present Origin “Rendering Darkness and Light Present: Jean Gebser and the Principle of Diaphany”, Aaron.

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Ryan Cavalcante rated it really liked it Feb 05, In these structures are various perspectives: He was also a published poet. The title choice available that was correct lacked this image, which is correct for the full text.

The human being was totally immersed in the world unable to extricate himself or herself from that world. Of course, this created all kinds of difficulties regarding how beings moved from one category to the other — from present to past, for example. Born in Posen inJean Gebser came from an old Franconian family domiciled in Thuringia since Late in life, Gebser travelled widely in Indiathe Far Eastand the Americasand wrote half a dozen more books.

Jul 24, Michael Neal rated it it was amazing. Origin or Ursprung, in the original German is the source from which all springs, but it is that which springs forth itself. Gebser cautioned against using ever-preseng like evolutionprogressionor development to describe the changes in structures of consciousness that he described. The stress and chaos in Europe from to were the symptoms of a structure of consciousness that was at the end of its effectiveness, and which heralded the birth of a new form of consciousness.


I don’t share his broad characterizations of “the orient”. Lists with This Book. He calls upon us to realize that we are what we think. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The integral or aperspectival structure additionally involves going beyond the previous four structures in something akin to Buddhist or Christian a la Meister Eckhart enlightenment as understood in terms of the perennial philosophy.


They were identical with that world. Gad rated it it was amazing Feb 09, He asks of us whether or not we have had our fill of those horrors yet. In his Coming into BeingWilliam Irwin Thompson compared Gebser’s structures of consciousness to Marshall McLuhan ‘s conception of oribin development of communication technology from oral culture to script culture, alphabetic culture, print cultureand then to the emerging electronic culture.

The Ever-Present Origin

His theory seems to be that these structures unfold in a sequential but non-linear fashion i. I’m not even sure his starting point, by any standard of rigor is “sound”. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Retrieved from ” https: Gebser introduced the notion of presentiation which means to make something present through transparency.

In his Self and Society: He offers as a guiding note that uean as there is also a time to act, there is also the much neglected time of contemplation. He died in Berne on May 14, Reading this, Gebser’s non plus ultra magnum opus; you must be extremely committed to do a reading of this massive work justice.

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A Transpersonal View of Human Evolution. It is the essence which is behind and which underlies consciousness.

The Ever-Present Origin by Jean Gebser

Transparency points to how it is that the one is “given-through” orihin always “along-with” the other. Katherine rated it it was amazing Sep 03, As I read it, an understanding emerged Philosophy, the love of wisdom, is replaced with instrumental reason, the ability ever-presnet make”. Gebser details five structures of consciousness: It is irrelevant to me in accepting or rejecting this text, because quite frankly there is no acceptance or rejection of this text.

Gebser origni it with the “triangle”, which illustrates a “trinity” of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis: Clint rated it it was amazing May 10, Of note here were the incorporation of time in physics, the attempts to “paint” time in the visual arts and the like.

It is difficult, it is dense, it is odd pages long, but I don’t want to miss a drop.