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The Beauty of the Infinite

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The Beauty of the Infinite is a splendid extended essay in "theological aesthetics." David Bentley Hart here meditates on the power of a Christian understanding of beauty and sublimity to rise above the violence -- both philosophical and literal -- characteristic of the postmodern world. The book begins by tracing the shifting use and nature of metaphysics in the thought of Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Lyotard, Derrida, Deleuze, Nancy, Levinas, and others. Hart pays special attention to Nietzsche's famous narrative of the "will to power" -- a narrative largely adopted by the world today -- and he offers an engaging revision (though not rejection) of the genealogy of nihilism, thereby highlighting the significant "interruption" that Christian thought introduced into the history of metaphysics. This discussion sets the stage for a retrieval of the classic Christian account of beauty and sublimity, and of the relation of both to the question of being.

Gently used: slightly scuffed at corners.

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Author(s):
Hart, David Bentley
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
23.5 x 16 x 3 cm.
Edition:
2004
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
080282921X
ISBN-13:
9780802829214
Number of pages:
448
Publisher:
William B. Eerdmans
Title:
The Beauty of the Infinite

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The Beauty of the Infinite is a splendid extended essay in "theological aesthetics." David Bentley Hart here meditates on the power of a Christian understanding of beauty and sublimity to rise above the violence -- both philosophical and literal -- characteristic of the postmodern world. The book begins by tracing the shifting use and nature of metaphysics in the thought of Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Lyotard, Derrida, Deleuze, Nancy, Levinas, and others. Hart pays special attention to Nietzsche's famous narrative of the "will to power" -- a narrative largely adopted by the world today -- and he offers an engaging revision (though not rejection) of the genealogy of nihilism, thereby highlighting the significant "interruption" that Christian thought introduced into the history of metaphysics. This discussion sets the stage for a retrieval of the classic Christian account of beauty and sublimity, and of the relation of both to the question of being.

Gently used: slightly scuffed at corners.

Author(s):
Hart, David Bentley
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
23.5 x 16 x 3 cm.
Edition:
2004
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
080282921X
ISBN-13:
9780802829214
Number of pages:
448
Publisher:
William B. Eerdmans
Title:
The Beauty of the Infinite

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