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Max Scheler: The Eternal in Man

ByGraham J. McAleer

Common opinion about Max Scheler is that he was an intuitive rather than a systematic philosopher. In his works, insight abounds but sometimes ideas are left unsupported or lines of reasoning abandoned prematurely. Amongst the many profound insights one at least speaks for itself: the claim that humans either believe in God or they believe in something else. Belief, religious belief, is inescapable. Scheler insists on this because he thinks religious consciousness basic, a dominant and suigeneris structure of human consciousness. The precise contours of the claim are discussed below but evidence for it in contemporary politics is everywhere.