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The Absolute Ground Versus God

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This chapter talks about two authors Dieter Henrich and Karl Rahner. Henrich develops a philosophy of subjectivity that logically leads him to assume a unitary ground of all subjectivity, a ground that is beyond the physical. Karl Rahner develops a metaphysical anthropology in which the ground of I-hood is God as holy mystery. Two 20th century thinkers who both venture "beyond physics" and believe that human existence needs this meta to thrive are the subject of the chapter. It discusses the thoughts of the philosopher who maintains that knowing about ourselves means that we have to acknowledge that not all is explained by the physical aspects of our existence. Subsequently, the chapter talks about the theologian who is much less hesitant to speak from a religious tradition but who also realizes that the naturalness of this type of thinking has disappeared in the course of the 20th century.

Keywords: Dieter Henrich; God; Karl Rahner; metaphysical anthropology



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