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The metaphysics of love

Author: Frederick D Wilhelmsen
Publisher: New Brunswick : Transaction Publishers, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Metaphysics of Love develops the existential metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas, applying it to explore the ontological structure of the human person. Published first in 1962, this book demonstrates the fertility of Thomistic metaphysics and the enduring influence of Thomism on Western philosophy. It uncovers the ecstatic structure of human existence, in dialogue with philosophers ranging from Plato, Aristotle,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Frederick D Wilhelmsen
ISBN: 9781315133102 1315133105
OCLC Number: 1006798690
Notes: Originally published: New York : Sheed and Ward, 1962.
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 128 pages)
Contents: Tragedy, ecstasy, and history --
Being as ecstasy in contemporary Spanish philosophy --
Jose Ortega Y Gasset --
Xavier Zubiri --
Agape and being --
Non-being, power, and love --
Paul Tillich: being as the power to be --
Paul Tillich: the primacy of power within protestantism --
The experience of non-being and the western tradition --
The primacy of love within the Catholic order.
Responsibility: Frederick D. Wilhelmsen ; with a new introduction by Patrick Lee.

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"The Metaphysics of Love develops the existential metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas, applying it to explore the ontological structure of the human person. Published first in 1962, this book demonstrates the fertility of Thomistic metaphysics and the enduring influence of Thomism on Western philosophy. It uncovers the ecstatic structure of human existence, in dialogue with philosophers ranging from Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas, to Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Tillich, Zubiri, and Ortega y Gassett, as well as theologians and historians Romano Guardini, Hilaire Belloc, and Eric Voegelin. Philosophical and theological examinations of love have in various ways raised the following question: how can love of self (eros) be harmonized with love of others (agape)? These types of love represent two drives, Wilhelmsen argues, that in the end must be seen as aspects of existence itself. Moral and psychological problems of love turn out to be manifestations of metaphysical issues. While different cultures have emphasized one of these drives or the other, a healthy culture will not completely forget either. Cultures differ in the way they emphasize one or the other, or flee from one or the other. These dimensions of human existence provide the framework for a person's love of self, neighbour, and God. This volume is part of Transaction's Library of Conservative Thought series."--Provided by publisher.

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