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Hi,

My hunch is that there are legal reasons we are not seeing Gendlin's near perfect essay that appears at the beginning of "Language Beyond Post-Modernism", but I haven't heard officially. It will be great if someday that essay and all of his responses could be accessible to the Library. Thanks.

Jeff

Congratulations everybody! Thanks Gene and Mary for this autentical opportunity to make real philosophy. From Valparaíso - CHILE. Mauricio Otaíza. Instituto de Filosofía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso - Chile.

Too good to be true!!!!!! I need to take a few days off work just to get started. Will focusing.org cover the expense?

If it is possible to publish Gendlin's introduction to 'Language Beyond Post-Modernism' that would be great. I assume it's not that easy.

Thanks to everybody who got this beautiful ball rolling. Thanks, Gene, for the work...play...inspiration...intricacy!

Jeff Falzone

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This is a delightful article: at once humorous and profound, it is an excellent introduction to reading philosophy, but also more than that. What Gendlin calls "the Chicago method" can also be a way of living. Whenever we're trying to understand something, be it a philosophical text or life itself, what we "know" is always limited and limiting. Gendlin's wise and practical advice about how to overcome the limitations imposed by what we "know" when reading a philosophy, can also apply to a conversation with another person or to our understanding of the universe. The key is to put aside what we "know" and just listen; but there is much more, expressed with delightful tongue-in-cheek humor.

  
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Perhaps Gendlin's analysis explains why people get the answer to their problems in the shower (washing the body) or in a dream (with the body-mind at rest).

What is it Einstein used to do when he stood or sat for hours 'thinking?'

It may be that those who we term the most creative are those who simply take the time to 'be' with the problem, who embrace the process.

I'm also struck with the great 'faith' someone like Einstein has, the faith that something will come.

  
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A preliminary report of this study was presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, August 28, 1958. This presentation was his first 'individual' (it means not joint) one in APA Convention. (Sponsor, Carl R. Rogers)
Reference: The American psychologist, Vol. 13, p. 332.

  
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This is an incredible document! I don't know if it is listed as one of the 'core' references to the Philosophy of the Implicit, but I think it definiately should be.

The first five pages are some of the clearest 'set ups' I've read in the field of phenomenology (I'm not sure I could be called well read in this context, but I've read a lot!). I still can't quite believe what he does with 'linguistic analysis' in just a few short paragraphs. By marking so clearly the real work of such analysis (not making the more conventional sketch of it as primarily grounded in what is already formed), Gendlin is able to show what he is doing without the rupture one might expect just looking on the surface distinctions.

He's good, real good.

And this Library is more than slightly beyond amazing!!!! Thanks so much to all who put in efforts to bring it to the world...

Jeff

  
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I am very much looking forward to your posting A Process Model.

If I may make a suggestion? Perhaps, if this isn't too much extra work, not only having an overall blog for APM, there could also be blogs for the sections, and indeed, subsections, within the work? As I'm sure you're well aware, this is an extremely and densely important work. And confusions, enlightenments, "how we live that"'s, and just plain wanting to say something can emerge, literally and precisely, throughout. As someone often struggling to understand, to see others' thoughts on a particular subsection might be quite helpful in my own attempts to understand and to use.

But most likely, you have already thought of this, and are planning this, or sadly, found it, at least for the present, unfeasible.

All gratitude to you who have and are doing this wonderful thing which is Gene's online Library & Blog!

Dave

  
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I would be so interested to know if any big time Wittgenstonians have read and responded to this article by Gendlin. It's one of my favorites; I keep coming back to it, over and over, catching a new thread of it's point each time. Please email me if you know if any responses to this article that have been made by anybody who has put some time into Wittgenstein. Thanks.

Jeff

  
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