How Things Are in the World: Metaphysics and Theology in Wittgenstein and Rahner


"The first half of this book is a theological examination of the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein who, with a small brace of others, stands as a progenitor of twentieth century thought. The work of Karl Rahner clearly stands at the center of postconciliar Roman Catholic theology, and of contemporary Christian theology in general. Although his own style of writing is dense and heavily weighted with continental philosophy, his treatments of so many basic theological questions have been popularized by innumerable secondary authors. It would be no exaggeration to say that Rahner's work has been a theological pivot for the second half of the 20th century. The time seems right, then to take another look at Rahner and his Wittgensteinian critics. What is immediately apparent is that both men were intentionally seeking to respond to the Copernican revolution in philosophy inaugurated by Decartes' turn to the subject. Both viewed Kant's assault upon the presuppositions of traditional epistemology as having forever changed the course of Western philosophy. Each, in his own way, consciously, and sometimes perhaps unconsciously, molded his thought as a response to the Kantian critique." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Includes content by:
  • Andrew Tallon
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Milwaukee
Publication year:
  • 2003


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