Místo filosofie v díle Hanse Urse von Balthasara

Title in English The Importance of Philosophy in the Work of Hans Urs von Balthasar


Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Studia philosophica
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Faculty of Arts

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Field Philosophy and religion
Keywords Hans Urs von Balthasar; theology; metaphysics; Adrienne von Speyr; The Glory of the Lord–Theo-Drama–Theo-Logic; transcendentals; beauty
Description The article recalls the 110th anniversary of the birth of the Swiss Catholic theologian and philosopher (metaphysician) Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905 Luzern–1988 Basel). He studied German in Vienna, Berlin and Zurich and after that he continued his studies in philosophy and theology at the Jesuits (E. Przywara, H. de Lubac). Before promising academic career he preferred pastoral ministry among students. In Basel he established close contacts with K. Rahner and K. Barth. Together with the doctor and mystic Adrienne von Speyr he founded the secular institute Johannesgemeinschaft (1944) and the publishing house, in which he published her work. In 1950 he left the Jesuit order. Before the Second Vatican Council he acted as a progressive Catholic, after it as a critic of Catholic modernism, in which he saw the threat of biblical traditions. With Henri de Lubac and Joseph Ratzinger in 1972 he co-founded the International Catholic revue Communio. His extensive and diverse publications he completed with trilogy The Glory of the Lord–Theo-Drama–Theo-Logic (1961–1987), in which he contemplates God within aesthetic contexts, within categories of transcendentals of truth, goodness and their embodiment – beauty.
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