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    Johann Georg Hamann Und Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1966 - Review of Metaphysics 20 (2):370-371.
    This is a complicated and ingenious study of one of the famous friendships of German intellectual history. Miss Knoll's aim is not so much to analyze philosophical ideas as to find the major structural elements of this highly emotional literary friendship between Hamann and Jacobi. The book begins with a short review of Hegel's and Dilthey's treatment of the "subject," Hamann-Jacobi. The author objects to these treatments which, like practically all other students of the question viewed the letters from an (...)
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    Versuch Einer Neuen Theorie des Menschlichen Vorstellungsvermögens. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1966 - Review of Metaphysics 20 (2):374-375.
    The present reprint of Reinhold's principal work is a great service to anybody undertaking a genetic study of the evolution of Fichte's Wissenschaftslehre from Kant's Critique. Reinhold was by no means an original and creative mind. His major importance lies in his systematic formulation of some central problems in the Kantian philosophy in an attempt to overcome the latter's major weakness: the rigid separation of the knowing faculties from each other. But the unified "faculty of representation" proposed by Reinhold shifted (...)
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    La Philosophie de Jacob Boehme. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 22 (3):573-573.
    This is a long-awaited reprint of the major work of the late Alexandre Koyré, one of the greatest masterpieces of the history of Western philosophy. The early nineteenth century saw a revival of Boehme studies but even the commentaries of Franz von Baader could not be substituted for a scholarly synthesis of Boehme's thought. Boehme is a universe of his own, and only the immense learning of a man like Koyré, with his rare ability to synthesize and clarify, could have (...)
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    A Russian. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1968 - Review of Metaphysics 22 (1):149-149.
    This is a fine book on a heroic and noble figure of Russian political and intellectual history. Alexander Radishchev, descendant of Tartar princes, was a page at the court of Catherine the Great who sent him to Leipzig to complete his education. Imbued by the ideas of the 18th century in Germany and of the French enlightenment, Radishchev went back to his native Russia but could not reconcile himself to the horrible state of the Russian serfs. Thus he wrote a (...)
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    Schleiermachers Christliche Sittenlehre Im Zusammenhang Seines Philosophisch-Theologischen Systems. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 23 (1):124-124.
    After some decades of eclipse, the thought of Schleiermacher has again become the subject of an ever growing number of studies and specialized monographs. The present one deals with one of his principal yet somewhat neglected works, his Christian Ethics. After some discussion of the history of the influence and of the interpretation of the treatise, Birkner analyzes the systematic presuppositions of its teaching within the framework of Schleiermacher's entire doctrine. The author then undertakes the treatment of its major themes. (...)
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    Ontologie Oder Metaphysik. Die Diskussion Über den Gegenstand der Metaphysik Im 13. And 14. Jahrhundert. Texte Und Untersuchungen. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 23 (2):360-360.
    This is an ambitious venture into the thicket of medieval philosophy: what is the true object of metaphysics? The book begins with a number of texts, printed after various manuscripts through which the author hopes to illustrate the development of a certain chain of ideas. After a short introduction on the Aristotelian and Arabic sources of the whole problematics, there are three fundamental solutions of the question: God is one of the many subjects of metaphysics, God is the cause of (...)
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    Gott Und Das Denken Nach Schellings Spätphilosophie. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1972 - Review of Metaphysics 25 (4):755-756.
    Author of a short study on Franz von Baader Klaus, Hemmerle presents us now with a longer study on the last philosophy of Schelling. The book sets out to be an exercise in Mitdenken. Instead of accumulating footnotes and going through the usual painstaking ways of a scholarly exegesis of texts, Hemmerle tries to think with Schelling, along the lines of Schelling's thought; and he does this a rather original way. Motivated by a genuine enthusiasm for Schelling, Hemmerle paraphrases and (...)
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    Philosophy, Poetry, History. An Anthology of Essays. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1968 - Review of Metaphysics 21 (3):548-549.
    This is certainly one of the most beautiful books in philosophy published in the last couple of years. It comprises eighty-four essays, carefully selected, well-translated, covering almost the full range of Croce's immense literary production. Croce is certainly one of the most important and influential thinkers of this century and in this huge anthology the English-speaking reader is given an incomparable instrument to get acquainted with him. The list of the headings which classify the eighty-four essays are: The Logic of (...)
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    Die Trinitäts- Und Gotteslehre des Robert von Melun. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1967 - Review of Metaphysics 21 (1):160-160.
    Witnessing to the strong present-day interest in the formation of the great scholastic syntheses of the thirteenth century are the large number of studies devoted to the lesser thinkers of the preceding century. The English-born Robert of Melun is one of these so far largely neglected authors. Despite the edition of his major works in Louvain by R. M. Martin, little has been written on this gifted pupil of Abelard. Horst cuts a large and central piece out of Robert's "system": (...)
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    Die Transzendentale Methode in der Scholastischen Philosophie der Gegenwart. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1966 - Review of Metaphysics 20 (2):373-373.
    Neo-scholasticism is supposed to be a "creative" development of the spirit of Thomism and its application to contemporary philosophical themes. Yet its partisans as well as its adversaries largely ignore the fact that many of the neo-scholastic thinkers are increasingly applying the transcendental method to reach the major ideas of Aquinas. The thesis of the present book is that the "transcendental method," viewed in a large sense as stretching from Kant to Heidegger, is an integral part of the thought of (...)
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    Hegel Und der Staat. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 22 (3):578-578.
    The present book is a reprint of a classical study of Hegel, the first important work marking the renewal of interest in Hegel initiated by Dilthey's Hegels Jugendgeschichte. Rosenzweig's monograph is a still unsurpassed treatment of Hegel's political and social philosophy: a monument of scholarship, of broad vision and patient analysis. Proceeding in chronological order, the first volume concludes with the Phenomenology of the Spirit. Especially interesting are the two long chapters dealing with the less-known yet quite voluminous literary production (...)
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    La Mauvaise Conscience. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1966 - Review of Metaphysics 20 (1):153-154.
    Professor Jankélévitch is one of the very few contemporary moral philosophers without any avowed extra-ethical affiliation. Written in the best tradition of classical French moral thought, penetrated by Neo-Platonic and Christian mysticism, the Russian novel, and French poetry, the present book is Jankélévitch's eleventh work devoted to ethical problems. It describes and analyzes, in a brilliantly rhetorical style, remorse and regret, compensation and consolation, and repentance and sanction, chiefly in the framework of the temporality of "bad conscience." The last section, (...)
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    Salzburger Jahrbuch Für Philosophie, Vol. VIII, 1964. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 22 (3):585-585.
    Once more these annals offer the reader a substantial collection of varied articles and studies, mostly pertaining to issues of medieval philosophy and metaphysics. The contributors are from Austria, West Germany, and South Korea. Especially interesting are: the study on Kant's early writing, "The Only Possible Proof of God," by J. Bauer; a very strict analysis of the thirteenth chapter of Cusanus' book, De Visione Dei, by the Proclus specialist W. Beierwaltes; and an attempt at the "reconciliation" of metaphysics and (...)
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    Kirchberger Et l'Illuminisme du Dix-Huitième Siècle. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 23 (1):129-129.
    One of the movements sharply critical of the Enlightenment was illuminism. Weishaupt, Saint-Martin, Eckertshausen are little more than names today yet in their time they contributed to the birth of a new and rich intellectual world, that of Romanticism. Through the life of a well-to-do citizen of Berne, Kirchberger, we see the fortunes of the illuminists, their hopes, their doubts, their ultimately marginal destiny. The book begins with a careful historical account of the papers of Kirchberger followed by a description (...)
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    Versuch Über Die Transcendentalphilosophie. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1966 - Review of Metaphysics 20 (2):372-372.
    Histories of philosophy generally jump from Kant directly to Fichte without mentioning Salomon Maimon; yet even Fichte wrote about his "unbounded admiration" toward the Jewish thinker. The present volume is a most welcome reprint of Maimon's principal work, out of print for over a century and a half, in which he tries to refute the very idea of a Ding-an-sich. It can be claimed that this same enterprise had been carried out more spectacularly and with greater originality and depth by (...)
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    Zur Metaphysik des Muttertums. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1966 - Review of Metaphysics 20 (1):160-160.
    These intentionally loose reflections on the different aspects of motherhood certainly give food for sustained thought; but they fall short of being the promised metaphysics. It is strange that no one has ever tried to write a philosophical monograph on motherhood before, even though the subject is "in the air." Schapp, by making use of historical, sociological, and psychological observations limited to Western cultures, gives an unpretentious yet insightful sketch for a more definitive work which remains to be written. The (...)
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    Die Anthropologie Bernhards von Clairvaux. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1967 - Review of Metaphysics 21 (1):160-160.
    This is an interesting theologically oriented study of Saint Bernard's teachings on man. The author tackles the central issue of Bernardian studies: was this holy monk a theologian or a philosopher, or both? Bernard's entire œuvre is penetrated by the questioning of the boundaries of natural and revealed knowledge, i.e., of philosophy and theology. The doctrine of man, that microcosmos in whom God was made flesh, is the best and the most likely ground on which to discuss the interconnection between (...)
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    Die Trinitätslehre G. W. F. Hegels. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1968 - Review of Metaphysics 22 (1):154-154.
    It seems to be more and more evident that the onto-theological notion of the Trinity is at the center of Hegel's thought. Already strongly present in the Jugendschriften, sparingly though most forcefully treated in the Phenomenology, it comes really to the fore in the Encyclopedia and in the Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion. Though none of the major commentators have avoided the issue, until recent years there had been only the short study of J. Hessen devoted to the problem. (...)
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    Reflexion Und Erfahrung. Eine Interpretation der Früh- Und Spätphilosophie Schellings. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1972 - Review of Metaphysics 25 (4):770-770.
    After the post-war insistence on Schelling's middle philosophy, his late speculation is becoming again the focus of Schelling-studies--but now from a genuinely transcendental viewpoint. The origin of this shift in perspective can be traced back to W. Schulz's celebrated work on Schelling's late philosophy as the culmination of German idealism. The present study unmistakably displays the mark of Schulz's influence. Its thesis is that the early and late philosophies, are similar in that both have a double structure. In Schelling's Early (...)
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    Studien Zum Wandel des Eckhartsbildes. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 23 (1):127-127.
    More than six centuries of Christian and non-Christian reflection and admiration of Meister Eckhart are the subject matter of this very scholarly yet very readable work. Philosophers like Nicolas Cusanus and Hegel, great scholars like H. Denifle and a number of lesser men are examined in order to determine what they thought about Eckhart, what they learned from him, how much they knew of him. The medieval condemnations and Cusanus' admiration issued into a period of relative neglect of Eckhart, broken (...)
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    The Sayings of Chuang Chou. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1966 - Review of Metaphysics 20 (1):148-148.
    Chuang Chou is counted among the greatest of the classical, Chinese philosophers. His thought, strongly inspired by the father of Taoism, Lao Tzu, is a reaction against the ritualized and ossified Confucianism of his own time. He shows little interest in legal matters and moral casuistry, and his whole work, i.e., the collection of texts attributed to him since ancient times, is centered around the deepest metaphysical and religious problems. God, and the way to Him, are the real subject matter (...)
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    Die Grundlegung der Menschenwurde Bei I. Kant: Eine Systematisch Kritische Studie. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1968 - Review of Metaphysics 22 (1):153-153.
    Though in a slightly recalcitrant mood, continental Neo-Scholastic writers have been for many decades quite extensively dealing with Kant and the major "critical" problems. An interesting product of this preoccupation is Santeler's long study of the foundation of human dignity in Kant. The thesis of the author is that Kant rejected metaphysics, i.e., ontology, not so much because of the well-known classical theoretical and epistemological reasons but in order to formulate a more fundamental, more autonomous notion of human dignity. We (...)
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    Das Problem der Sprache Bei Hegel. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 23 (1):140-140.
    It was bound to happen that Hegel's thought, like that of so many other great philosophers, would be studied from the viewpoint of the question of language. The title is innocent and modest and it seems to promise a monograph on a particular topic. Instead, however, we are led through a number of major Hegelian themes, taken from the totality of his opus. There are chapters on transcendence and infiniteness, on praxis, on the figures of self-consciousness, on religion and the (...)
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    Die Idee der Transzendentalphilosophie Beim Jungen Schelling. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1968 - Review of Metaphysics 22 (1):150-150.
    This excellent short book has come only belatedly to our attention. Unlike the more recent work of J. Schlanger, Meier's aim is not to revise, even less to revolutionize, our understanding of the young Schelling. He is following the classical interpretation--from Hegel to Kroner--that already the early Schelling displayed unmistakable signs of an ontological dogmatism. Indeed, with the exception of the ethical inspiration of the celebrated Letters on Dogmatism and Criticism and the gnoseological investigations of the Treatises, the early Schelling (...)
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    Deutsche Mystische Schriften. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 23 (2):355-356.
    Neither the speculative depth of Meister Eckhart nor the willpower and inner drive of Tauler are to be found in the writings of the third great mystic of fourteenth-century Rhineland, Henry Seuse. But we might well be compensated by authenticity of the description of the spiritual experience. This is not an edition for scholars and does not even try to resurrect the so savagely fought for issue on the authorship of Seuse's autobiography. We have here a major document of spiritual (...)
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    Ecclesia Spiritualis. Kirchenidee Und Ceschichtstheologie der Eranziskanischen Reformation. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 22 (3):563-564.
    Benz is a most prolific writer on the history of speculative theology and theosophy and he is especially well-known for his studies on Oetinger and Swedenborg, but at the beginning of his long career he devoted several books to earlier doctrinal developments. There have been many other serious attempts at a comprehensive exposition of the evolution of the different branches of Franciscan theology but the present one is especially interesting because of its strong speculative foundations. Although speculative, these foundations do (...)
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    Origène Et la Philosophie. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1967 - Review of Metaphysics 21 (1):155-155.
    The present book is an interesting essay on Origen's place in the history of Western thought, or better, about the question whether he was a philosopher at all, and if so, in what sense. Because of his intense speculative drive and his wide learning in Neoplatonic thought Origen has been considered to be the "most philosophical" of the Greek Fathers. Such a view very often entails the attempt at "reorganizing" his thought as systematic philosophical reflection. The author's final thesis is (...)
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    Paulus Und Die Stoa. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1967 - Review of Metaphysics 20 (3):546-547.
    This little booklet is a reprint of an important article of the Zeitschrift für neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der älten Kirche, 42, pp. 69-104. Through a superior command of Hellenistic sources the author analyzes St. Paul's two well-known utterances of a natural knowledge of God. The author uses the Epistle to the Romans to show that even though the Apostle's Greek terminology is borrowed from the Stoics, the ideas behind it, especially that of the "law," remain profoundly Jewish. On (...)
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    Philosophie Und Reflexion. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1968 - Review of Metaphysics 22 (1):157-158.
    The author of a significant treatise on the philosophy of religion, Wagner is one of the few younger German philosophers who have managed to attain to prominence despite the crushing figure of Martin Heidegger. The present volume is an unchanged second edition of Wagner's best-known book. It is the fruit of patient scholarship as well as of sustained, creative intuition, a book which offers both modes of, and material for, thought.--M. J. V.
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    Substanz System Struktur: Die Ontologie des Funktionalismus Und der Philosophische Hintergrund der Modernen Wissenschaften. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 23 (1):137-138.
    This is a monumental work. The author's aim is to follow the destiny of the self-explicitation [[sic]] of western thought from the concept of substance to that of structure. Authentic philosophical thinking has always been ontological, and structure, no less than substance is a form or species of being. System too is a species of being which leads from substance to structure. Structure is only an articulation and intensification of substance. The concept of structure is the central notion of contemporary (...)
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    Seinstruktur Und Trinitätsproblem. Untersuchungen Zur Grundlegung der Natürlichen Theologie Bei Johannes Duns Scotus. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 23 (1):142-142.
    Wölfel's study is a very technical enterprise, profusely endowed with footnotes and making little attempt if any at reaching the nonspecialist. Yet the subject matter of the work must be of concern to anyone interested in philosophical theology and the history of Christian speculation. Two seemingly very distant topics, those of the Trinity and of natural theology are brought together by the author and the point of departure for this rapprochement is the univocal concept of being, one cornerstone of Scotism. (...)
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    Altdeutsche Und Altniederländische Mystik. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 23 (2):361-361.
    There has been a most deserving movement in the last years to unite in one volume the most important scholarly articles written on the same topic yet published in different learned journals. The present volume is devoted to the problems of medieval German and Dutch mysticism from its beginnings to The Imitation of Christ. The selection is interesting and varied yet a certain technical narrowness pervades the whole volume. Instead of sharing the pages somewhat equally between philological and philosophico-theological articles, (...)
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    Hegel Und Das Ende der Geschichte. Interpretationen Zur Phänomenologie des Geistes. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 23 (2):350-351.
    Hegel's philosophy of history used to be interpreted mainly in terms of what it is supposed to say about the direction and the end of history, yet the central historical category is, after all, the present, "the spiritual midday." True historicity is in the concrete moment--and this is the thesis that so many commentators of the Phenomenology of the Spirit neglect to emphasize. Hence, after a dutiful examination of the concept of history in this first major work of the philosopher, (...)
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    Theorie Und Praxis Im Denken Hegels Interpretationen Zu den Grundstellungen der Neuzeitlichen Subjektivität. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 23 (2):354-354.
    This book is an interesting entry in the vast and ever expanding field of secondary literature on Hegelian ontologically grounded analysis of the relationship between theory and praxis. It is interesting and slightly unusual for it neither treats Hegel simply as the predecessor of Marx nor does it ignore the more contemporary problems of political philosophy arising from the Hegelian heritage. There is a balance between erudition and speculation and the thorough study of the texts always remains firmly subjected to (...)
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    Metafisica E Revelazione Nella Filosofia Positiva di Schelling. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1968 - Review of Metaphysics 21 (4):747-747.
    It becomes increasingly difficult to keep up with studies of Schelling, or more generally of the history of German Idealism, without being conversant with the rapidly growing Italian literature in this field. This book appears twenty-five years after that of Horst Furrmans, and ten years after that of Walter Schulz—the two major studies to date of Schelling's later philosophy. Although Bausola's study does not display the depth and extent of scholarly penetration to be found in Furrmans or Schulz, neither does (...)
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    Die Abkehr Vom Nichtrealen. Nur Dinge Sind Vorstellbar Und Können Existieren. Briefe Und Abhandlungen Aus Dem Nachlass. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1971 - Review of Metaphysics 25 (1):120-121.
    One of the most significant theories of the late Brentano is that only the real can be represented, while of the so-called non-real we can formulate no authentic concepts but only fictions of language. This doctrine has not been fully comprehended by some of the best students of Brentano's thought, although others have called it "the Copernican turning-point" of his philosophy. The present selection of texts is intended to clarify and expound the controversial theory. Ninety-one letters exchanged between Brentano, Marty, (...)
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    Mérleg. Digest in Hungarian. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1971 - Review of Metaphysics 25 (1):142-143.
    Mérleg is an interesting quarterly selection of articles of general interest translated from the major Western languages into Hungarian. It is a Catholic publication for a general intellectual public and it contains besides the longer studies review articles, reviews, interviews and also short summaries. The most important articles of the two issues we are reviewing: A. Greeley, "The Sacred and the Psychedelic"; A. Plé, "The affective life of the consecrated celibate"; K. Franke, "Apology for the protection of the unborn life"; (...)
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    Die Grundsätzliche Beurteilung der Religionsgeschichte Durch Schleiermacher. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 23 (2):360-360.
    One of the most interesting and difficult tasks of contemporary theological reflection is the elaboration of a verifiable theology. The subject is as old as theology itself, and the contemporaries of Schleiermacher, like Hegel and Schelling, devoted immense industry and ingenuity to a speculative study of the history of religions. Yet the idealist's philosophical approach could not satisfy Schleiermacher whose very point of departure is the autonomous category of the religious. His peculiar approach to the different positive religions, their necessity (...)
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    Die Vernunft Und Das Problem des Bösen Im Rahmen der Platonischen Ethik Und Metaphysik. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1967 - Review of Metaphysics 20 (3):542-542.
    A well-documented, thorough but not imaginative study of the Dialogues. The writer is trying to establish definite proofs for the classical thesis, namely that for Plato evil is the material and good is the rational. After a very short introduction we see most of the dialogues analyzed in chronological order. Three periods are distinguished in the development of Platonic views on reason and evil: Early dialogues : insistence on the opposition between pleasure and the affections on the one hand and (...)
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    Aus den Vorlesungen der Jahre 1762 Bis 1764: Auf Grund der Nachschriften. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1966 - Review of Metaphysics 20 (1):152-152.
    Herder spent two years studying at the University of Königsberg and attended four courses taught by Kant, who at the time had just published his first really important philosophical writing on the "Only Possible Proof of the Demonstration of God's Existence." Herder's notes are probably the only ones preserved from any lecture by Kant in that decade. The texts on logic and mathematics are short and insignificant. The pages on metaphysics are devoted to mostly psychological inquiries. Herder's notes are most (...)
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    Die Metaphysik Goethes. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1967 - Review of Metaphysics 20 (3):553-553.
    This volume is the reprint of perhaps the best study of Goethe's philosophy. Its importance lies in its method. Instead of trying only to collect material pertaining to traditional, philosophical problems, it makes a deep-reaching attempt to grasp and to extricate the metaphysical foundations and basic themes of Goethe's Weltanschauung. There is a thoroughgoing analysis of his "morphological" method and excellent, long passages on his magnificent studies of the life and the structure of plants. The culmination of the whole work (...)
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    Das Paulus-Bild in der Neueren Deutschen Forschung. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1971 - Review of Metaphysics 24 (4):764-764.
    This big book is a welcome collection of some of the most important theological studies on St. Paul written by German scholars of this century. Some of the authors are among the greatest names of modern exegetical science and the present selection enables the reader to have access to a wide range of first-rate, often classical, accounts of Paulinian research, without being forced to go through the back-issues of German theological journals. Besides the classical studies, written for encyclopedical purposes, by (...)
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    L'analyse du Langage Théologique. Le Nom de Dieu and Débats Sur le Langage Théologique. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1971 - Review of Metaphysics 24 (4):761-761.
    Castelli has again managed to bring together in Rome some of the greatest specialists of mythology, biblical exegesis, of the different branches of linguistics, with a generous sprinkling of philosophers, theologians, and historians. From the very large number of contributions, especially important are E. Benveniste: Blasphemy and euphemy; K. Kerényi: The language of theology and the theology of language; D. McKinnon: The problem of "the system of projection" in reference to the Christian theological affirmations; R. Panikkar: Silence and word, The (...)
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    Die Heilsgeschichte Bei Meister Eckhart. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1968 - Review of Metaphysics 21 (3):563-563.
    Eckhart is usually treated from the viewpoints of philosophy or speculative mysticism. Weiss is a theologian and his well-documented, heavily-footnoted study on salvation history in Meister Eckhart is a departure from this tradition. Without any claim to revolutionize our Eckhart-image he explores the themes of original sin, Incarnation, Passion and the glorification of Christ, the Church and the sacraments. All these themes of positive theology unfold in the context of the respective patristic and scholastic doctrines. The very meagerness of Eckhart's (...)
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    Erkenntnis der Existenz: Grundlinien Einer Philosophischen Systematik. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1968 - Review of Metaphysics 21 (3):547-548.
    Karl Barth's younger brother died shortly before the publication of this monumental work, the crowning piece of his long philosophical career. Since Sein und Zeit and L'Etre et le Néant the present book has been the first real "treatise" in what now we might call "the existentialistic tradition." Such a short notice cannot even hope to enumerate the major themes of this huge volume. This is a truly significant work covering most of the themes that attract a passionate concern for (...)
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    Vermittlung Und Kehre: Grundzüge des Geschichtsdenkens Bei Martin Heidegger. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1968 - Review of Metaphysics 22 (1):152-152.
    In the mushrooming literature on the late Heidegger, Pugliese's book stands with the distinction of an immense and sometimes almost exasperating amount of learned notes and excurses [[sic]]. On the other hand, the speculative core of the work is a highly original one. It treats the famous "Kehre" in the continuity of Heidegger's thought and proves quite convincingly that it can be organically developed from the original thesis of "historicity" as it stands in Sein und Zeit. Making use of the (...)
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    Angeleus Silesius. Le Pèlerin Chérubique. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1967 - Review of Metaphysics 21 (1):166-166.
    Susini, who is Professor of German at the Sorbonne, seems to have devoted his life to the study of German mysticism. After his monumental work on Baader he now offers a new edition of the famous spiritual poems of Angelus Silesius along with a French translation. While the Introduction to the first volume is quite short and devoid of any attempt at offering a new authoritative interpretation of the Silesian Mystic's work and thought, the second volume consists entirely of notes (...)
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    Hamanns, Johann Georg: Hauptschriften Erklärt. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1967 - Review of Metaphysics 20 (4):740-740.
    Though Joseph Nadler published the definitive, critical edition of Hamanns' complete works, the hermetic character of these texts warrants only too strongly a publication of at least the major texts with commentaries. The annotated edition is planned to comprise eight volumes. From the viewpoint of the history of ideas, Vol. IV is undoubtedly the most interesting, since it contains the important texts on the origin of language. These were directly provoked by Herder's famous Abhandlung über den Ursprung der Sprache; "the (...)
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    Kultur Und Religion der Germanen. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1967 - Review of Metaphysics 20 (4):720-720.
    The present book is a reprint of the great Danish historian's fundamental study. Though the immense œuvre of Grönbech spreads over a wide variety of fields—mystics of India and Europe, Blake, Goethe, Dostoyevski, Jesus and the first Christian community, Greek religion and culture, and the philosophy of language—the two volumes of the culture and religion of the Germans belong to his most important achievements. The first part treats the great "ideas" of the early Germans: peace, honor, the soul, death, and (...)
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    Ontologie Et Théologie Chez Avicenne. [REVIEW]J. V. M. - 1967 - Review of Metaphysics 20 (3):538-538.
    This book is a rather mediocre and unimaginative summary of the major themes of Avicenna's metaphysics. Chahine makes the attempt to situate him against the background of antique and medieval philosophy, but the ideas themselves are never given a contextual treatment. One does not see what was truly original and significant in Avicenna's philosophy; one is left frustrated by the succession of scholastic lieux communs and only seldom gratified by a beautiful quote. There is a certain amount of information on (...)
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