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Thinking in Opposites
An investigation of the nature of man
as revealed by the nature of thinking

by Paul Roubiczek



FULL CONTENTS

PREFACE


PART I: EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL REALITY


CHAPTER 1
Contradictions and Opposites in Thought

  1. The inevitability of contradictions
  2. Opposites inherent in thought
  3. Thinking in opposites

CHAPTER 2
External and Internal Reality

  1. The concept 'reality'
  2. The necessary distinction between two realities
  3. External reality
  4. Internal reality

CHAPTER 3
The Main Characteristics of the Two Realities

  1. The particular nature of internal reality
  2. The need for a complete separation
  3. Both realities must be taken into account

PART II: THE EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL OPPOSITES


CHAPTER 4
The Need for Opposites

  1. The necessity for different kinds of opposites
  2. The meaning of the concept 'opposite'

CHAPTER 5
The External Opposites

  1. The main line of our investigation
  2. Opposites indispensable for the knowledge of external reality
  3. The special importance of the constructive concepts

CHAPTER 6
The Nature of Feeling


CHAPTER 7
The Internal Opposites

  1. Means, ends and values
  2. Intentions, aims and principles
  3. The constructive concepts

CHAPTER 8
Right and Wrong Development of Feeling

  1. The intrusion of feeling into the realm of thought
  2. The necessary concentration on values

PART III: ABSOLUTE VALUES AND THE INTERCONNECTED OPPOSITES


CHAPTER 9
The Absolute Values

  1. Truth, goodness and beauty
  2. The major operations of thinking
  3. The correct application of the absolute values

CHAPTER 10
The Interconnected Opposites

  1. Their nature and purpose
  2. Their main characteristics

CHAPTER 11
Interconnected Opposites and Absolute Values

  1. Space and Time
    1. In external reality
    2. In internal reality
    3. Truth
  2. Necessity and freedom
    1. In external reality
    2. In internal reality
    3. Goodness
  3. The One and the Many
    1. In external reality
    2. In internal reality
    3. Beauty

CHAPTER 12
The Creation of Further Interconnected Opposites