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Rahner and the Symbolism of Language

Stephen M Fields SJ. "Rahner and the Symbolism of Language." Philosophy and Theology 15 (2003): 165-89.

Although Rahner never explicitly wrote a theory of language, his vast corpus contains the makings of one. It is to be found chiefly in his writings on the Sacred Heart, the hermeneutics of eschatological statements, and the relation between Christianity and poetry. Rahner's theory is grounded in his distinctive metaphysics of the symbol. Although Heidegger's aesthetics constitutes an important influence on Rahner, some commentators misread the nature and extent of this influence. Rahner's thought runs against Heidegger's at its core, because Rahner's never becomes untethered from a Thomist-understood analogy of being.

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