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The Heart: An Analysis of Human and Divine Affectivity [Hardcover]

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Pages   140
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.35" Width: 6.42" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 20, 2007
Publisher   St. Augustines Press
ISBN  158731357X  
EAN  9781587313578  

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The Heart: An Analysis of Human and Divine Affectivity by John Henry Crosby Dietrich von Hildebrand

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DIETRICH VON HILDEBRAND (1889 1977), born in Florence, was the son of renowned German sculptor Adolf von Hildebrand. A leading student of the philosophers Edmund Husserl and Max Scheler, he took up the "great questions" about truth, freedom, conscience, community, love, beauty with a freshness that allowed him to break new ground, especially in ethics, but also in epistemology, social philosophy, and aesthetics. His conversion to Catholicism in 1914 was the decisive turning point of his life and the impetus for important religious works. His opposition to Hitler and Nazism was so outspoken that he was forced to flee Germany in 1933, and later across Europe, finally settling in New York City in 1940, where he taught at Fordham University until 1960. He was the author of dozens of books, both in German and English. He was a major forerunner of Vatican II through his seminal writings on marriage, on Christian philosophy, and on the evil of anti-Semitism.

JOHN HENRY CROSBY (b. 1978), is a translator, writer, musician, and cultural entrepreneur. He is founder and director of the Hildebrand Project, which fosters deep cultural renewal through publications, events, fellowships, and online resources that draw on the continuing vitality of Dietrich von Hildebrand s thought and witness.


Dietrich Von Hildebrand was born in 1889 and died in 1977.

Dietrich Von Hildebrand has published or released items in the following series...
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Stunning!  Jul 17, 2007
this book is pure genius. yes... western philosophy has underated the importance of the heart... the seat of love. a truly wonderful book. i feel very guilty giving it four stars, but his emphasis is on focusing on others as the object of love, kindness etc etc and says little about love for oneself. one cannot love others unless one cherishes and loves oneself.

hildebrand's analysis of the different human emotions and moods is dazzling. his teacher husserl (the founder of phenomenology) was understandably left almost speechless by the first essay in this book. another nice thing about it is that there arn't too many big words, but a dictionary is needed from time to time.

my own view on love is that when we focus on the person we love, there is a oneness or unity. love is the ultimate dissolver of subject object boundaries. love is very oneness itself and without love, oneness is just not possible. the purpose of union is love.

hildebrand looks critically at post romantic pragmatism and you can tell that he had a problem with kant (and would with modern day objectivists).
he argues that in order to truly appreciate the object (person one is talking to) one must do so holistically. engaging and aware of ones emotions. knowledge of pheremones and body language imply that emotions are important. if you wish to suppress emotions (unless you are a very sensitive person) you favour the unemotional robot.

kant said that good deeds should be detatched from emotions. ie a neutral but practical gift. hildebrand argues that a gift is more sincere if offered with genuine emotion. we as humans should not follow in the footsteps of plato, aristotle and socrates in ignoring the emotions and their importance, but rather should be influenced by... not controlled by, the heart. the ancients in their veneration of reason have denied affectivity (emotion and mood) as a crucial part of being fully human.

this book is not perfect... but then, i would rate it as possibly the second most important book i have read during the past four years.

a wonderful and quite literally stunning book of insight... buy this book, underline it and study it. if you cant buy it, borrow it!

love flakey xxx
Incredible book on affectivity  May 16, 2007
Most of western philosophy has attributed two spiritual aspects to man: rationality and volition. As a result, the heart has been downplayed as being part of the animalistic, and thus lower, side of man. Von Hildebrand, however, saw that there are aspects of the emotional life that are truly spiritual in nature and they cannot belong only to man's animal nature but must be attributed to his spiritual side. In a convincing and beautiful way, von Hilderbrand examines the different types of affectivity in man in "The Heart" in this groundbreaking look at man's emotional side. At the end of the book he examines God's love and provides some deep mediations on the Sacred Heart, the heart that so loved man to death on the Cross.

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