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God at the Ritz: Attraction to Infinity Paperback – September 1, 2007
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At times, particularly in his "Real Beer" chapter, I was reminder of Benedict XVI's Encyclical "Spe Salvi":
"The infinity our heart's desire is not endless time, a linear succession of moments that go on forever> No matter, how long we live, this desire remains> Ironically, perhaps the infinity the heart desires is within the limited within the particular within the concrete. It is a measure of quality not quantity.Read more ›
It seems to me that what we have here is ultimately a powerful, persuasive, and well put together (sound?) version of the 'argument from desire'. Or in Albacete's case, the 'argument from desires'. Besides CS Lewis and the current pope, other intellectual influences range from Levinas and (I think) Miguel De Unamuno. I see a lot of Unamuno's outlook underlying much of what Albacete is talking about.
Albacete's overall point seems to me to be an issue that is widely accepted in many philosophical circles nowadays: that one cannot take a value-neutral stance on what rationality IS when the question of what constitutes rationality is the issue on the table. Any epistemological theory is going to be based on certain pre-existing beliefs, values, convictions and commitments. Hence Albacete's observation that science itself is based on 'desire'.
What the latin priest does is to take these ideas and make them accessible to anyone, leading up to the conclusion that, given science's reliance on commitments much like those that lead us to religion, religion is a justified (rationally speaking) enterprise.
All subjects handled with much humor and insight. Company delivered book in excellent condition in a timely manner.
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Albacete writes with a depth and fluidity that's amazing.Published 7 months ago by A student of philosophy