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Spirit's Gift is the 1st booklet in English dedicated to the philosophy of Claude Bruaire (1932-1986). Its concentration is the concept of reward, a proposal that has lately been the topic of vigorous debate related to Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Marion, Marcel Mauss, and others. What makes Bruaire's method of this topic certain is that he treats it ontologically. This booklet seriously examines the 2 major insights that govern Bruaire's ontology of reward (ontodology). First, reward is being in its non secular means of being. "Spiritual" as a consequence doesn't stand for one caliber between others, yet, extra significantly, it's what makes being be itself. moment, being itself (ipsum esse) is present simply simply because, as Christian Revelation indicates, the fullness right to natural act is firstly a fully unfastened donation in itself and to itself earlier than being donation to a different (creation). The coalescence of being, freedom, and spirit grounds the declare that being is reward. Bruaire's inspiration is gifted in discussion together with his major resources: German Idealism (Hegel and Schelling) and Christian revelation.

Bruaire spent the majority of his occupation as a professor on the Sorbonne in Paris. even though no longer himself a Hegelian, he loved and enjoys nice status as a pupil of and commentator on Hegel's philosophy. With Marion, Bruaire was once a founding member of the French variation of the theological magazine Communio, and he used to be held in excessive regard by way of the nice Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar. Bruaire's metaphysical account of present additionally has affinities to that provided by means of Karol Wojytla―-and for that reason built below his hold forth as John Paul II.

While Bruaire's realizing of reward is decidedly philosophical, it's also of substantial theological curiosity, bearing because it does upon questions of Trinitarian theology, theological anthropology, and the Catholic sacrament of marriage. Rightly understood, his notion of reward sheds significant mild at the Thomistic knowing of Ipsum esse subsistens. it could additionally give a contribution to a philosophical retrieval of the class of causality and to the elucidation of the ontological flooring of ethics.


Antonio López, F.S.C.B., is assistant professor of theology on the John Paul II Institute for experiences on Marriage and kin on the Catholic college of America.


"This is a welcome ebook, well-written, well-researched, well-structured, and knowledgeable by means of philosophical thoughtfulness and theological discrimination. it's also a really beneficial creation to a philosopher no longer popular within the English-speaking philosophical world." ― William Desmond, The Thomist

"Fr. Antonio Lopez has given the English language theological guild a terrifically very important ebook. not one of the significant works of Claude Bruaire (1932-1986) were translated, and few stay in print, this means that a suite of stunningly inventive texts on theological anthropology, metaphysics, philosophy of physique, political philosophy, and bio-medical ethics is essentially unacknowledged within the academy. Lopez walks the uninitiated skillfully via Bruaire's encounters with Aquinas, Hegel, Schelling, and Heidegger, en path to a mirrored image on reward that during such a lot of methods surpasses the Levinasian frenzy of the extra well known French and English phenomenological texts of the final twenty years. . . . Lopez handles lucidly that perennially bothered frontier within the French academy among theology and philosophy. . . . one of the so much priceless facets of Lopez's ebook is his association of the complex number of writings that Bruaire left in the back of. . . . someone attracted to modern theology, particularly because it crosses paths with French philosophy, serious concept, or even for this reason analytic theories of good judgment, needs to easily learn this publication, after which start clamoring for the broader creation of Bruaire's paintings into the English-speaking academy.

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