By Adel Beshara
Antun Sa'adeh, a nationalist philosopher who lived from 1904 to 1949, used to be one of many significant highbrow figures of contemporary Syria. The effect of his rules has been felt in politics, literature and philosophy, in addition to within the social sciences. certainly, the guides for which he used to be most sensible recognized ("The upward push of Nations", "The Ten Lectures", "Intellectual fight in Syrian Literature", and "The Folly of Immortality"), have had a wide impression at the politico-intellectual flow in Syria and during the Arab global. Sa'adeh's existence used to be a special mix of devoted, perpetual fight, righteous idealism, and theoretical pragmatism. He used to be no longer easily an outspoken determine at the political level, yet tried the progressive therapy of paramount social and fiscal ills. This e-book is a suite of scholarly articles through prime professionals on Antun Sa'adeh's idea. the gathering covers a number of points of his notion and never simply his political beliefs. The individuals to this quantity talk about numerous points of Sa'adeh's suggestion, therefore delivering a advisor to extra examine and mirrored image. The essays care for particular matters, the arguments and counter-arguments which have been voiced, they usually attempt, at any time when attainable, to take a few of the interpretations of varied elements of Sa'adeh's inspiration a number of steps additional. It offers a synopsis of the paintings performed hitherto within the box, discusses the real reports released during the last fifty years, together with the main updated paintings, and while identifies the most difficulties that experience arisen in Arabic in addition to English secondary resources. therefore it presents at the one hand a reference paintings summarizing prior study within the box and whilst it really is an unique paintings of synthesis and new interpretations. it really is one of many first works on Sa'adeh to appear on many facets of his proposal through best experts within the box.
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21 Saπadeh’s definition of psychological life is much broader than the one we find in present-day psychology books. Religion, language and science, for example, form part of his definition where it might not elsewhere. 22 In his masterwork, Man and Society (Beirut: Mawaqif, 1981), Adel Daher tries, through psychoanalysis, to explain the implications of Saπadeh’s complex sociological philosophy, but fails to explain Saπadeh’s concept of society or to back up his explanation with evidence from Saπadeh’s writings.
We cannot begin to understand Saπadeh’s theories on the nation, nationalism and other related issues, like the party, without referring back to his use of these dualities, although it is a matter of some confusion. In our opinion, Saπadeh overcame the ambiguities arising from the interrelatedness between these two dualities by introducing a third duality – namely, that of actual and imposed existence. However, the application of this duality to solve the ambiguities of the other two dualities, particularly on the level of national existence, involves a certain predilection towards actual existence or towards imposed existence and producing the right justification or hypothesis.
56 That said, we arrive with Saπadeh at a clear definition of the role of cultural factors in nation formation. Language, religion, traditions and  S A π A D E H A N D T H E C O N C E P T O F R E G I O N A L N AT I O N A L I S M intellectual culture are double-edged factors. With respect to their nature and the way they spread among human communities, none of these factors represents a sound criterion for determining the entity of the nation. On the other hand, they play an undeniable unifying role within the entity of a nation because of their intellectual and psychological influence.
Antun Sa'adeh: The Man, His Thought: an Anthology by Adel Beshara