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Two Exciting New Publications

November 1, 2006

As I am sure many of you have heard, two new publications are now available for purchase:

Dietrich von Hildebrand, The Heart: An Analysis of Human and Divine Affectivity

This is a reprint on von Hildebrand’s classic philosophical and theological investigation of the nature of affectivity. Von Hildebrand argues that the Aristotelian view of human nature neglects the center of the person, the heart and its affective responses, and that we should understand that the soul as possessing three irreducible spheres or higher faculties: intellect, will and heart. This reprint includes an introduction by John F. Crosby and a newly translated essay by Edmund Husserl, von Hildebrand’s master.

John Paul II, Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body

The long awaited unified translation of John Paul II’s seminal theology of the body is here. This is an improved translation with new introductions. The downside: Rumor has it that Christopher West wrote one of the introductions. This is a shame, since West terribly misinterprets and misrepresents phenomenology (just look at his opening remarks in his Theology of the Body Explained). Without understanding John Paul II’s phenomenology of embodiment, one can not hope to fully understand his theology of the body which relies so heavily on the work of Husserl, Stein and Merleau-Ponty. Just skip everything West writes and jump into the Pope’s own writing!

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