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The phenomenon of man

Author: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin; Julian Huxley; Bernard Wall
Publisher: New York : Harper, 1959.
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A plea for synthesis of the scientific and the theological point of view of evolution, by a contemporary French Jesuit thinker. First in a projected series of his works.
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Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre.
Phenomenon of man.
New York, Harper [1959]
(OCoLC)643927776
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin; Julian Huxley; Bernard Wall
OCLC Number: 285906
Language Note: Translation of: Le phénomène humain.
Description: 318 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Book one: Before life came --
The stuff of the universe --
The within of things --
The earth in its early stages --
Book two: Life --
The advent of life --
The expansion of life --
Demeter --
Book three: thought --
The birth of thought --
The deployment of the noosphere --
The modern earth --
Book four: Survival --
The collective issue --
Beyond the collective: the hyper-personal --
The ultimate earth --
The Christian phenomenon --
The essence of the phenomenon of man.
Other Titles: Phénomène humain.
Responsibility: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin ; with an introduction by Julian Huxley ; [English translation by Bernard Wall].

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A plea for synthesis of the scientific and the theological point of view of evolution, by a contemporary French Jesuit thinker. First in a projected series of his works.

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Introduction by Sir Julian Huxley 11 Preface 29 Foreword: "Seeing" 31 BOOK ONE: BEFORE LIFE CAME CHAPTER I. "The Stuff of the Universe" 39 1. ELEMENTAL MATTER 40 A. Plurality 40 B. Unity 41 C. Energy 42 2. TOTAL MATTER 43 A. The System 43 B. The Totum 44 C. The Quantum 45 3. THE EVOLUTION OF MATTER 46 A. The Appearance 47 B. The Numerical Laws 50 CHAPTER II. "The Within of Things" 53 1. Existence 54 2. THE QUALITATIVE LAWS OF GROWTH 58 A. First Observation 58 B. Second Observation 59 C. Third Observation 60 3. SPIRITUAL ENERGY 62 A. The Problem of the Two Energies 63 B. A Line of Solution 64 CHAPTER III. "The Earth in its Early Stages" 67 1. THE WITHOUT 68 A. The Crystallising World 68 B. The Polymerising World 70 2. THE WITHIN 71 BOOK TWO: LIFE CHAPTER I. "The Advent of Life" 77 1. THE TRANSIT TO LIFE 79 A. Micro-organisms and Mega-molecules 81 B. A Forgotten Era 83 C. The Cellular Revolution 86 2. THE INITAL MANIFESTATIONS OF LIFE 90 A. The "Milieu" 90 B. Smallness and Number 91 C. The Origin of Number 92 D. Inter-relationship and Shape 94 3. THE SEASON OF LIFE 96 CHAPTER II. "The Expansion of Life" 103 1. THE ELEMENTAL MOVEMENTS OF LIFE 104 A. Reproduction 104 B. Multiplication 104 C. Renovation 105 D. Conjugation 106 E. Association 106 F. Controlled Additivity 108 A. COROLLARY: THE WAYS OF LIFE109 2. THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THE LIVING MASS112 A. Aggregates of Growth 113 B. The Flourishing of Maturity 116 C. Effects of Distance 119 3. THE TREE OF LIFE 122 A. The Main Lines 122 B. The Dimensions 133 C. The Evidence 137 CHAPTER III. "Demeter" 141 1. ARIADNE'S THREAD 142 2. THE RISE OF CONSCIOUSNESS147 3. THE APPROACH OF TIME 152 BOOK THREE: THOUGHT CHAPTER I. "The Birth of Thought" 163 1. THE THRESHOLD OF REFLECTION164 A. The Threshold of the Element: the Hominisation of the Individual 164 B. The Threshold of the Phylum: the Hominisation of the Species 174 C. The Threshold of the Terrestrial Planet: The Noosphere 180 2. THE ORIGINAL FORMS 183 CHAPTER II. "The Deployment of the Noosphere" 190 1. The Ramifying Phase of the Pre-Hominids 190 2. The Group of the Neanderthaloids 196 3. The “Homo Sapiens” Complex 198 4. The Neolithic Metamorphosis 202 5. The Prolongations of the Neolithic Age and the Rise of the West 205 CHAPTER III. "The Modern Earth" 212 1. THE DISCOVERY OF EVOLUTION215 A. The Perception of Space-time 215 B. The Envelopment in Duration 218 C. The Illumination 220 2. THE PROBLEM OF ACTION 225 A. Modern Disquiet 226 B. The Requirements of the Future 228 C. The Dilemma and the Choice 231 BOOK FOUR: SURVIVAL CHAPTER I. "The Collective Issue" 237 1. THE CONFLUENCE OF THOUGHT 239 A. Forced Coalescence 239 B. Mega-Synthesis 243 2. THE SPIRIT OF THE EARTH 245 A. Mankind 245 B. Science 248 C. Unanimity 250 CHAPTER II. "Beyond the Collective: the Hyper-Personal" 254 1. THE CONVERGENCE OF THE PERSON AND THE OMEGA POINT 257 A. The Personal Universe 257 B. The Personalising Universe 260 2. LOVE AS ENERGY 264 3. THE ATTRIBUTES OF THE OMEGA POINT 267 CHAPTER III. "The Ultimate Earth" 273 1. PROGNOSTICS TO BE SET ASIDE 274 2. THE APPROACHES 276 A. The Organisation of Research 278 B. The Discovery of the Human Object 280 C. The Conjunction of Science and Religion 283 3. THE ULTIMATE 285 EPILOGUE: "The Christian Phenomenon" 291 1. AXES OF BELIEF 292 2. EXISTENCE_VALUE 294 3. POWER OF GROWTH 296 POSTSCRIPT: The Essence of the Phenomenon of Man 299 1. A WORLD OF INVOLUTION 299 2. THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF MAN 301 3. THE SOCIAL PHENOMENON 303 APPENDIX: "Some Remarks on the Place and Part of Evil in a World in Evolution" 309 INDEX 313

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