12 July 2003

milbank on heidegger and aquinas

In his Truth in Aquinas (co-written with Catherine Pickstock), John Milbank writes the following:Some thinkers, like Heidegger, appear on the surface to be obscure and deep, but on analysis are revealed as offering all too clear and readily statable positions...with Aquinas, the opposite pertains. Only superficially is he clear, but on analysis one discovers that he does not at all offer us a decently confined "Anglo-Saxon" lucidity, but rather the intense light of Naples and Paris which is ultimately invisible in its very radiance--rendering the wisest of us...like owls blinking in the noonday.I like that quote very much.