The Weight of Finitude
On the Philosophical Question of God
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Suggests that a full acceptance of the finitude of existence can lead to the affirmation of God.
Ludwig Heyde's award winning examination of the weight of finitude and its relation to God is translated here for the first time in English. Though philosophers may question if there still is room for God in philosophy after Nietzsche's pronouncement that "God is dead," Heyde suggests that a full acceptance of the finitude of existence can lead to the affirmation of God. He criticizes conceptions that have unconsciously dominated our thinking since the Enlightenment. In relation to the philosophical tradition—Thomas Aquinas, Anselm, Descartes, Kant, and primarily Hegel, among others—certain "experiences" are developed which thought can undergo when it goes to its limits and asks after the ground of all that is. At the same time, Heyde investigates how well the affirmation of God stands up against various intellectual and existential challenges such as Kant's critique, the experience of evil and suffering, and the thought of Heidegger and Nietzsche.
Ludwig Heyde is Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Chair of Metaphysics at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He is the recipient of the 1997 Prix Cardinal Mercier for The Weight of Finitude and the author and editor of numerous books, including De verwerkelijking van de vrijheid and Filosofie en democratie. At the Higher Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Louvain), Belgium, Alexander Harmsen is a doctoral candidate and William Desmond is Director. Harmsen is a sessional lecturer at the University of British Columbia. Desmond is the author of several books published by SUNY Press, including the award winning Being and the Between.
"It is a boon to have this work now available in English, and not only for Hegel scholars or philosophers interested in classical and contemporary responses to God, but for mindful human beings still wondering if we have wings." — from the Foreword by William Desmond