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GESTALT, HARMONY, AND HUMAN ACTION IN ROMAN INGARDEN’S THOUGHT
This paper aims at showing the significance in Roman Ingarden’s thinking of two often overlooked ontological concepts: Gestalt quality and harmonious unity. Ingarden understands Gestalt a derived quality that springs from the coexistence of several qualities standing in harmonious unity. The main feature of the Gestalt quality is that it is more than the sum of its part and thus brings something new into being. In Ingarden’s hands, that quite simple and intuitive idea is refined to be used in fields as diverse as ontology, aesthetics, theory of values or anthropology. After having presented those concepts, the paper then shifts to further developing their significance in a particular field: Ingarden’s conception of human being. To this end, the paper successively addresses Ingarden’s conception of human nature, the ontology of value, responsibility and human value-driven action.
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