Attunement to Being

It is not by means of one isolated faculty that man is open, in knowledge and in love, to the Thou, to things and to God: it is as a whole (through all his faculties) that man is attuned to total reality, and no one has shown this more profoundly and more thoroughly than Thomas Aquinas

According to Thomas, what is involved is an attunement to Being as a whole, and this ontological disposition is, in the living and sentient being, an a priori concordance (con-sensus as cum-sentire, ‘to feel with’, here prior to the assentire, ‘to assent to’).

Hans Urs von Balthasar – Seeing the Form, vol 1 of The Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics, page 243-44


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3 Responses to Attunement to Being

  1. flacie says:

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