The Reason for the Hope

The next chapter I read in The Art of Living is also written by Dietrich’s widow Alice von Hildebrand and it’s on the subject of hope. In it, she begins by diagnosing despair as “the consciousness of a metaphysical calling, a metaphysical destiny left unfulfilled.” And she argues that whenever a person despairs and saysContinue reading “The Reason for the Hope”

How telling people what you do for a living affects your personality

The newly republished book by Dietrich von Hildebrand, The Art of Living, includes two beautiful essays by his widow, Alice, on the topics of communion and hope. The chapter on communion is marvellous and incisive. She begins by discussing the various crises of communion in our contemporary society. There are different types of solitude. SometimesContinue reading “How telling people what you do for a living affects your personality”

Responsibility as respect for reality

In the third chapter of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s The Art of Living, he discusses responsibility, which was the topic of my MA thesis. “This moral awakedness,” he says, “is also the soul of the fundamental moral attitude that we have called ‘awareness of responsibility.’”

Faithfulness: mastering every moment from the depth

This evening I read the second chapter in Dietrich von Hildebrand’s The Art of Living. The topic of this chapter is faithfulness, which Hildebrand describes in its large sense as “the continuity that first gives to a man’s life its inner consistency, its inner unity.” 

Hildebrand: La révérence

Aujourd’hui, j’ai commercé à lire un livre écrit par un de mes philosophes préférés qui s’appelle Dietrich von Hildebrand. Le livre republié par le Hildebrand Project s’intitule « The Art of Living. » Il y a des chapitres courts et profonds au sujet de la révérence, la fidélité, la responsabilité, la véracité, la bonté, la communion et l’espoir. L’introduction est écrite par Peter Kreeft et deux chapitres sont écrits parContinue reading “Hildebrand: La révérence”