Nihilism and Metaphysics


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Foreword Translator's Introduction and Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Question of Nihilism and the Knowledge of Being 2. Metaphysical Knowledge of Existence 3. Being, Intellect, and Abstractive Intuition 4. The Status of First Principles 5. Speculative Nihilism: Nietzsche and Gentile 6. Heidegger 7. Eight Theses on Postmetaphysical Thinking: Jurgen Habermas 8. The Two Roads of Hermeneutics 9. Logical Empiricism and Analytic Philosophy 10. Consequences of Nihilism 11. Toward the Determination of Practical Nihilism 12. Progress in Philosophy? 13. The Third Voyage 14. Ontological Humanism and the Person 15. Between the Present and the Future Appendix 1: Antirealism and the Schism between Man and Reality Appendix 2: Texts of Thomas Aquinas without Comment Appendix 3: Intellectual Intuition, "Anticipation," and Judgment in Karl Rahner Appendix 4: More on Intellectual Intuition Appendix 5: The Appeal to the Experience of Self as a Type of Natural Mysticism Appendix 6: The Critique of Onto-theology Appendix 7: What Is Nihilism? A Look at the Encyclical Fides et Ratio Notes Index

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Vittorio Possenti is Professor of Political Philosophy at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice in Italy and the author of many other books. Daniel B. Gallagher is an Official in the Latin Section of the Vatican Secretariat of State.


"...offers the reader a bold thrust to the heart of theoretical nihilism from the standpoint of Thomism, perceived as the bulwark of the perennial philosophy of being." - Maritain Studies

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