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Author QuotedHarold John Blackham
Title QuotedSix Existential Thinkers
Date (Year/Month/Day)1964/01/03
ImprintLondon : Routledge. 1952I
Quotation[Martin] Heidegger's notion that the realization and acceptance of death is the guarantee of authenticity in life and existence is very close to Rance and probably a better formulation of what Rance himself saw and wanted to say. It is in short a very monastic intuition. And I find much in the existentialists that is monastic. In any case, Heidegger is also fully Socratic - (his idea of "Nothing"). "Knowledge is in its very validity a form of untruth because it conceals the ignorance which it does not abolish." ([Harold John] Blackham, Six Existentialist Thinkers, [1959], p. 104)
JournalDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 54
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