By Stephen M. Fields

One of crucial theologians of the fashionable period, Karl Rahner is better identified for his efforts to make Christianity credible in mild of the highbrow questions of recent tradition. Stephen M. Fields, SJ, now explains how Rahner built his metaphysics as an inventive synthesis of Thomism and the fashionable philosophical culture. concentrating on Rahner's middle notion of the Realsymbol, which posits all beings as symbolic, Fields establishes where of the Realsymbol in philosophical theories of the logo. He rather concentrates on these key facets of Rahner's metaphysics-his theories of finite realities and language—that have acquired inadequate attention.

By reading a variety of Rahner's works within the context of twelve medieval, smooth, and modern thinkers, Fields locates the origins of this seminal thinker's metaphysics to an quantity by no means sooner than tried. He notes the correlations that exist among the Realsymbol and such paintings as Aquinas's conception of the sacraments, Goethe's and Hegel's dialectics, Moehler's view of non secular language, and Heidegger's aesthetics.

Through this research, Fields unearths the structural middle of Rahner's metaphysics and indicates how artwork, language, wisdom, non secular fact, and truth normally are all symbolic. Being as Symbol opens new views in this vital philosopher and positions him within the broader spectrum of philosophical thought.

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