By Peter L. Berger

Influential pupil Peter L. Berger finds 5 indicators that time to the supernatural and its position in a contemporary secular society Acclaimed pupil and sociologist Peter L. Berger examines faith in twentieth-century Western society, exploring the social nature of information and its influence on spiritual trust. utilizing 5 symptoms obvious in traditional life—order, play, desire, damnation, and humor—Berger demands a rediscovery of the supernatural as a very important, wealthy measurement of humanity. Conceived as a reaction to his influential booklet The Sacred Canopy, Berger eschews technical jargon and speaks without delay and systematically to these, like himself, who desire to discover non secular questions.

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He explicitly endorses the notion that the structure of the human soul manifests the structure of the universe. His view concords with traditional views on the relationship between microcosm and macrocosm, that is, he claims that the microcosm reflects and is dependent upon the macrocosm. Although the microcosm/macrocosm analogy lost its importance in mainstream philosophy with the advent of modernity, suggestions of it can be still be found in the writings of some modern and contemporary philosophers.

Human creativity, as a rational microcosm, self-announces itself in the process of gathering the intelligibility whose origin is in life-nature. The microcosm, this human agent, brings significance to the macrocosm by way of the agency of the “imaginatio creatrix,” which determines a resourcefulness that self-manifests itself as a human condition, which, in its turn, self-exhibits itself as a “creative novum ” . 35 The creative human breath thus emerges with the unfolding of its own aesthetic, intellectual, and moral meanings that are constitutive of the forging of the human logos within the workings of rationality in the enactment of life itself (OL, 9-12).

Islamic Philosophy and Occidental Phenomenology on the Perennial Issue of Microcosm and Macrocosm, 25-39. © 2006 Springer. Printed in the Netherlands. 26 Marina Paola Banchetti-Robino Husserl will be somewhat longer and more involved because the presence of the microcosm/macrocosm analogy in Husserl’s thought is not explicit, as it is in Ibn Sînâ’s work. The essay will discuss Husserl’s work prior to the Crisis and will show that, in this phase of his thought, the relationship between microcosm and macrocosm is reversed such that the macrocosm becomes dependent upon the microcosm.

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