Primary and secondary reflection are concepts from the work of christian existentialist gabriel marcel to provide a rough and inaccurate summary, primary reflection is the initial attempt to mentally apprehend an external reality as something foreign and separate, whereas secondary reflection is considers the subject as part of the larger whole within which the observer and the. Moving beyond primary reflection to an intimate experience of being. Gabriel marcel's the mystery of being gabriel marcel's the mystery of being is based on the gifford lectures which he delievered at the university of aberdeen in 1949 and 1950. Abstract gabriel marcel was a french, catholic, existential philosopher who first presented the concept of human availability as a central way of strengthening the self and facilitating the experience of human freedom. Marcel gives the example of losing your watch and by tracing back your steps, you solve the problem however, this reflection does not totally involve the self marcel [borrows the popular notion of life and reflection as hot and cold, respectively.
The other kind of reflection is the secondary reflection which entails that there is no separation or distinction from the object it tends to link the gap which primary reflection made for example, in primary reflection i have a body implies body as a possession, and something that is extended but in secondary reflection, one says i am body. Gabriel marcel 1889 1973 was a philosopher, drama critic, playwright and musician he converted to catholicism in 1929 and his philosophy was later described as christian existentialism most famously in jean paul sartre s existentialism is a humanism a term he initially endorsed but later repudiated in addition to his numerous philosophical. Marcel primary and secondary reflection 2834 words | 12 pages self-alienation to self-adjustment: arundhati roy's the god of small things and kiran desai's the inheritance of loss. This feature is not available right now please try again later.
The secondary qualities of the rose, on the other hand, include the ideas it produces in me, its yellow color, its delicate fragrance these are the merely the effects of the primary qualities of its corpuscles on my eyes and nose. Marcel primary and secondary reflection kind of thought but there is this distinctive character of philosophical thought that is reflection it is about not just the meaning of something at first glance but by probing more deeply to the meaning of things and experiences that we encounter. Roughly, we can say that where primary reflection tends to dissolve the unity of experience which is first put before it, the function of secondary reflection is essentially recuperative it reconquers that unity (marcel 1951a, p 83. Reflection according to marcel operates on more than one level while primary reflection seeks to gain clarity about the world of abstraction, objectification and verification, secondary reflection seeks to wonder at richer understanding of the meaning of human existence by a return to, reflection on, the experiences such as appreciation, fidelity and faith. Marcel distinguished primary reflection, which deals with objects and abstractions and reaches its highest form in science and technology, from his own method, secondary reflection, which concerns those aspects of human existence, such as one's body and one's situation, in which one participates so completely that one cannot abstract oneself.
Table of contents for a commentary on gabriel marcel's : the mystery of being / thomas c anderson, available from the library of congress. Best answer: reflection is the attention we give to something different things require different kinds of reflection primary reflection is directed at that which is outside us while secondary reflection is directed at the philosophical and spiritual issues. Gabriel marcel (1889-1973) was a philosopher, drama critic, playwright and musician he converted to catholicism in 1929 and his philosophy was later described as christian existentialism (most famously in jean-paul sartre's existentialism is a humanism) a term he initially endorsed but later repudiated. Gabriel honoré marcel (/ m ɑːr ˈ s ɛ l / french: [ɡabʁijɛl ɔnɔʁe maʁsɛl] 7 december 1889 - 8 october 1973) was a french philosopher, playwright, music critic and leading christian existentialist.
Gabriel marcel and american philosophy primary mode of relating to the world is functional marcel's appeal to secondary reflection in its recuperative. There are two types of philosophical reflection according to marcel, namely, primary reflection and secondary reflection primary reflection is a kind of thinking that calculates, analyzes, or recounts past events. Gabriel marcel french philosopher gabriel marcel (1889-1973) described man's place in the world in terms of such fundamental human experiences as relationships, love, fidelity, hope, and faith.
Primary and secondary reflection serves as a means for man to discover himself through the experiences that other people share with him marcel shows us the turning point of our experiences from mere occurrences to part of our being. Marcel is thoroughly convinced that reflection is the only recourse in man's journey through the obstacles and limitations of this world of problems to the world of mystery. Marcel distinguishes two degrees or types of thinking, primary and secondary reflection primary reflection is characterized as abstract, analytical, objective, universal, and verifiable the thinking subject in primary reflection is not the individual human person but the thinker qua mind (the bewusstsein ü berhaupt .
From primary and secondary reflection by: gabriel marcel the distinctive note of philosophic thought, at least according to my conception of it and i have many authorities for that conception, is that not only does it move towards the object whose nature it seeks to discover, but at the same time it is alert for a certain music that arises from its own inner nature if it is succeeding in. Through secondary reflection, according to marcel, the self evades the kind of definition sought on primary reflection, and finds 'subject' and 'object' to be inseparable and recognised through a fundamental 'act of feeling. Primary and secondary reflection examples 1 this lecture is started by marcel after discussing about truth as a value, the setting of any kind of thought but there is this distinctive character of philosophical thought that is reflection. Primary & secondary reflection - free download as word doc (doc), pdf file (pdf), text file (txt) or read online for free o scribd é o maior site social de leitura e publicação do mundo buscar buscar.