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The Autonomous Man

Turner, Dean

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ISBN 10: 0827200099 / ISBN 13: 9780827200098
Published by St. Louis: Bethany Press, 1970, St. Louis, 1970
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Title: The Autonomous Man

Publisher: St. Louis: Bethany Press, 1970, St. Louis

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Acceptable

Edition: First Edition

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Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? These questions haunt us. In a lifelong quest for answers, we turn to religion, philosophy and psychology and we often end up more confused than comforted. On one side the merchants of despair tell us that life is meaningless, that doomed to extinction we are stripped of dignity, and that experience in the "now" is the only reality we can know. On the other side we are offered simplistic formulas, do-it-yourself salvation kits that are an affront to us as sentient beings. Is there a viable alternative to these explanations we find so offensive? "The Autonomous Man" advances a practical ethic of autonomy, whereby individuals may affirm their identity and integrity. Professor Turner offers a philosophy based on six definite and clear-cut principles that people can use to guide their daily lives in their relationships with themselves, others and God. No one of these principles is more important than any of the others; they a! re effective only when regarded as a whole. As a background for his ethic, the author attempts to expose the fallacies of modern nihilism, which isolates humans from their context with the infinite and the eternal. "We must," he says, "relocate the human spirit in a world of intrinsic values, in a cosmic order that is grounded in some permanent Reason and Love."

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Raised in Stratford, Texas, Dean Turner began attending Baylor University at the age of 16. After flunking out and being told he was not "college material," he held many jobs and traveled throughout the world. He served in the army in the Korean War and afterward earned a BA in psychology at the Centro de Estudios Universitarios in Mexico City. He taught English in a Mexican college, Spanish in several high schools (including one in Anchorage, Alaska), and sociology in the Overseas Division of the University of Maryland. Before receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Mr. Turner lectured in Bermuda, Labrador, Newfoundland and Greenland and delivered over 125 radio, television and after-dinner addresses. In 1967 he was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is currently professor of philosophy of education at Colorado State College in Greeley.

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