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The spiral of inquiry : a study in the phenomenology of inquiry

Author: Arnold C Harms
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, ©1999.
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The Spiral of Inquiry follows the natural pattern of questioning in humans into the vortex of inquiry that spirals inward to the primordial Truth that makes all inquiry possible. Arnold C. Harms finds the ability to question to be the most crucial to humanity, so that humans can be properly identified as homo interrogans, or Inquiring Man. This leads him to an examination of the process of questioning, beginning  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arnold C Harms
ISBN: 0761814132 9780761814139
OCLC Number: 41076159
Description: xxi, 256 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: chapter 1 Introduction chapter 2 The Inquirer chapter 3 The Question Posed chapter 4 The Importance of the Question chapter 5 Homo Interrogans chapter 6 The Power to Question chapter 7 A Phenomenology of Inquiry chapter 8 The Anatomy of a Question chapter 9 The Structure of a Question chapter 10 The Function of a Question chapter 11 The Logic of Question and Answer chapter 12 The Pattern of Inquiry chapter 13 The Spiral of Inquiry chapter 14 Presuppositions and Methodologies chapter 15 Summary and Conclusions
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The Spiral of Inquiry follows the natural pattern of questioning in humans into the vortex of inquiry that spirals inward to the primordial Truth that makes all inquiry possible. Arnold C. Harms finds the ability to question to be the most crucial to humanity, so that humans can be properly identified as homo interrogans, or Inquiring Man. This leads him to an examination of the process of questioning, beginning with a phenomenological inquiry into the language related to questioning. To illustrate the process of inquiry, Harms analyzes five representative types of formal inquiry: rational, scientific, historical, psycho-social, and religious. Through these styles, he demonstrates that all formal inquiries, when probed deeply enough, are drawn into the great spiral of inquiry, which leads inescapably to the primal Answer about the primordial Truth which makes all inquiry possible. The author identifies this central truth as the "Cosmos" with its universal order, without which there would be no inquiry at all. --From publisher's description.

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