Philip McShane's Axial Period: An Interpretation

Alessandra Drage


Lets suppose that the Axial Period is a time in history that is a transition between the first time of the temporal subject and the second time of the temporal subject; that it is the second stage of meaning: a troubled time between a first stage of meaning, characterized by a spontaneously operative consciousness in early culture, and a third stage of meaning constituted by at least a dominant authority of a luminous control of meaning and an explicit metaphysics in a later global culture. What this statement means we have now to uncover.


Lonergan, McShane

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