We are delighted to draw your attention to a new book by John Dadosky, Associate Professor at Regis College and a Research Scholar of the LRI. The Eclipse and Recovery of Beauty: A Lonergan Approach is a significant exploration of the notion of beauty from the standpoint of transcendental method.

Here is the description from the publisher’s website:

According to the Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, a world that has lost sight of beauty is a world riddled with skepticism, moral and aesthetic relativism, conflicting religious worldviews, and escalating ecological crises. In The Eclipse and Recovery of Beauty, John D. Dadosky uses Kierkegaard and Nietzsche’s negative aesthetics to outline the context of that loss, and presents an argument for reclaiming beauty as a metaphysical property of being.

Inspired by Bernard Lonergan’s philosophy of consciousness, Dadosky presents a philosophy of beauty that is grounded in contemporary Thomistic thought. Responding to Balthasar, he argues for a concept of beauty that can be experienced, understood, judged, created, contemplated, and even loved.

Deeply engaged with the work of Aquinas, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Kant, among others,The Eclipse and Recovery of Beauty will be essential reading for those interested in contemporary philosophy and theology.