Philosophy (Existentialism)
(02-16-2020, 11:37 PM)dante_angelico Wrote: Hey guys, been a lurker on these incredible forums for a while now. Just joined today. Excited to be here.

I’ve been curious about the traditional Catholic take on some parts of existential thought, and I see nothing posted here about it. I know a lot of it is rotten, but we got Hildebrand out of existential thought, a man of strong traditional convictions who fought to preserve the TLM during Vatican II and was a brilliant writer and Catholic philosopher. His insights on Aesthetics and Purity are so fresh. My favorite filmmaker, Andrei Tarkovsky, a Russian Orthodox, is also considered an existentialist, and brings great insight into the experience of solitude, suffering, and time, (his films are very Eastern and monastic). He experiments with the medium of film as a utensil to manifest time, and thus portray prayer, suffering, experience, etc. Something unable to be done in such a way before film. His writings inspire me greatly, as I’m a sucker for film and aesthetics. 

Is there anything redemptive about any of existentialism? I worry that the existentialists are seductive because they’re good writers, unlike a lot of philosophy writers before them. But this branch of philosophy seems so broad, so it’s difficult to write it off as fundamentally wrong.

Colossians 2:
“Now this I say, that no man may deceive you by loftiness of words. ...
Beware lest any man cheat you by philosophy, and vain deceit; according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ”
I can't speak for anyone else but I tend to think almost every philosophical thinker or school has at least a handful of insights.  Remember even Plato and Aristotle weren't correct on everything just to use one example. 

I've always kind of liked what I've read of Schopenhauer and in some respects even Kierkegaard  Hildebrand is good as well. I still have his book "Trojan Horse in the City of God". He had another one too, it was really insightful but it's name escapes me now... it's been years.  

Never heard of Tarkovsky but I'll have to check him out.
Walk before God in simplicity, and not in subtleties of the mind. Simplicity brings faith; but subtle and intricate speculations bring conceit; and conceit brings withdrawal from God. -Saint Isaac of Syria, Directions on Spiritual Training

"It is impossible in human terms to exaggerate the importance of being in a church or chapel before the Blessed Sacrament as often and for as long as our duties and state of life allow. I very seldom repeat what I say. Let me repeat this sentence. It is impossible in human language to exaggerate the importance of being in a chapel or church before the Blessed Sacrament as often and for as long as our duties and state of life allow. That sentence is the talisman of the highest sanctity. "Father John Hardon
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Philosophy (Existentialism) - by dante_angelico - 02-16-2020, 11:37 PM
RE: Philosophy (Existentialism) - by Augustinian - 02-17-2020, 07:54 PM
RE: Philosophy (Existentialism) - by formerbuddhist - 02-17-2020, 08:13 PM
RE: Philosophy (Existentialism) - by piscis - 02-18-2020, 08:06 PM

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