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Certainly one of our so much unusual thinkers, Adriaan Peperzak has for a few years masterfully explored the connections among philosophy, ethics, faith, and the social and old contexts of human adventure. a number one professional on Hegel, Heidegger, and Levinas, he the following bargains a private collecting of affects on his personal paintings as courses to the makes use of of philosophy in our look for feel and that means.

In brief, direct, deeply felt chapters, Peperzak strikes from Plato, Plotinus, and the Early Christian theologians to Anselm, Bonaventure, Descartes, Pascal, Leibniz, Hegel, and Levinas. all through, he touches on basic themes—from cause and religion to freedom and tradition—that knit jointly the iconic legacy of philosophy as a consultant to residing properly.

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To do justice to phenomena, we must keep them in this light and orientation, without transforming them into absolute ends. To discover the genuine truth and worth of the phenomena, we cannot abandon ourselves to immediate sensations and superficial impressions; neither can we accept widespread but unwarranted opinions or theories. Phenomena must be contemplated, deciphered, and understood as revelations of what they truly (or essentially) are. Plato’s desire for truth is a passion for authentic being or “essence” (ousia).

Their eschatology explains the true meaning of life, as seen by the sophos. 9 The child in each of us who is afraid of death must be appeased by a trustworthy hope. Socrates himself is not a “musician” (mousikos), however; though he composed a hymn to Apollo and versified some stories of Aesopus, he does not have the authority of a Diotima, a Pindarus, or the Pythia. But Apollo has given him, too, a mission: Socrates’ philosophy is his music (60c-61c). 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Phaedo, 63c, 66b–c, 68a, 70a, 98b, 114c.

Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church (New York: Paulist Press, 1994), nn. 363, 366, 997, 1005. 36 THE QUEST FOR MEANING summarize here my rereading of Plato’s Phaedo,2 after which I will return to the Christian message of death and hope. HOPE IN THE PHAEDO In the Phaedo, Socrates converses with his friends for the last time about the meaning of life and death, knowledge and being, virtue and vice. Since he is to die that day, the thought of death occupies the minds of all who are present. However, Socrates is not the only one who is condemned to death—all humans are.

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