International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online)

The Dramatic Nature of the Finite Spirit in the World A Systematic Vision from Edith Stein, Anselm, John of the Cross, and Karl Rahner
Rodrigo Álvarez Gutiérrez OSB

Abstract
The present study attempts to clarify the fundamental constitution of human beings considered as finite spirits in the world according to Edith Stein, Anselm, John of the Cross, and Karl Rahner. The human spirit transcends toward the last end of its existence only in the measure in which it is anticipated by the Infinite Spirit. Consequently, this relation occurs dramatically. We are dealing with a complex relation that originates in the tension between the human spirit and its constitution in the world, since the human spirit experiences the finitude of the encounter between its own otherness and the coming of the completely transcendent Other.

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