Personal identity and integration: von Balthasar's phenomenology of human holiness

Harrison, V.S. (1999) Personal identity and integration: von Balthasar's phenomenology of human holiness. Heythrop Journal, 40(4), pp. 424-437. (doi: 10.1111/1468-2265.00114)

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In the view of Hans Urs von Balthasar, what is needed to bring a human life to fulfilment—to become ‘whole’—is the death of one's ‘personality’, and the acquisition of one's specific ‘personhood’, which is given to one, along with one's mission, by God. Moreover, according to von Balthasar, a human being becomes a ‘unique person’ when encountering God in contemplative prayer. And it is within contemplative prayer that one comes into contact with one's ‘Idea’, which is actualised when one' personal identity is fully developed, and which it is one's mission to conform to. Thus this article shows how the fundamental components of von Balthasar's distinctive phenomenological model of human holiness fit together, in actual practice as lived, around his core concept of ‘mission’.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Harrison, Dr Victoria
Authors: Harrison, V.S.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Heythrop Journal
ISSN (Online):1468-2265
Published Online:16 December 2002

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