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Esperienza morale e persona: Per una reinterpretazione dell'etica fenomenologica di Dietrich von Hildebrand.

Dell'Oro's work contributes to moral theology in a fundamental and historical way; it reflects an impressive and solid command of authors, disciplines, and languages. His purpose is to retrieve a notion of experience in moral reflection; he accomplishes this through a critical reading of the phenomenology of Dietrich von Hildebrand in light of transcendental philosophy.

There are, of course, a variety of meanings to "experience." At one level, since moral norms need to be concretized, experience refers to that inductive search which gives rise to and is embodied in a moral norm (Schuller, Schmitz, and Grundel). On a second level, there are the epistemological issues involved with dealing with the results of the empirical sciences in a morally relevant way (Korff and Mieth). On a third level, moral theologians engage in a transcendental or metaphysical analysis of experience in order to safeguard the uniqueness of moral truth as a truth of meaning (Rahner, Fuchs and Demmer).

The phenomenological description of von Hildebrand stands in the effective history of Husserl. This means that von Hildebrand resisted abstract constructions and intuitive insights into essential truths. In his opinion, what makes us uniquely human is our ability to perceive and to respond to values. In his realism there is a sovereignty of the object and a receptivity on the part of the subject. Von Hildebrand's phenomenological realism may be a safeguard against any sort of nominalism, but as D. points out, it also suffers from a latent objectivism that tends to an ahistorical understanding of moral norms. This is seen in von Hildebrand's disciples like Laun, Seifert, and Finnis.

For D., however, the dialogue with von Hildebrand merely reveals the need to complete phenomenological description with a transcendental reflection that accounts for the subject's intentional activities. Moral theologians must not only bring experience to articulate awareness, but they must attend to the transcendental conditions that make experience possible and thereby allow subjects a more active role in the knowing process.

BOOKS RECEIVED

SCRIPTURAL STUDIES

Achtemeier, E. Minor Prophets L Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1996. Pp. 390.

Blount, B. Cultural Interpretation. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1995. Pp. 222.

Borgen, P. Early Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1996. Pp. 376. $49.95.

Britt, B. Walter Benjamin and the Bible. N.Y.: Continuum, 1996. Pp. 156. $29.95.

Callahan, T. Bible Prophecy: Failure or Fulfillment? Altadena, Calif: Millennium, 1997. Pp. 274. $21.

Calvin, I. In Evangelium secundum Johannem Commentarius Pars Prior. Ed. H. Feld. Geneva: Droz, 1997. Pp. 361.

Carmichael, C. The Story of Creation in Philo and the Fourth Gospel. Ithaca: Cornell Univ., 1996. Pp. 136. $24.95.

Chilton, B. Pure Kingdom: Jesus' Vision of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996. Pp. 178. $15.

Dailey, T. The Repentant Job. Lanham, Md.: Univ. Press of America, 1994. Pp. 237. $49; $32.50.

Di Lella, A. Daniel. Hyde Park, N.Y.: New City, 1997. Pp. 232.

Egger, W. How to Read the New Testament. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1996. Pp. 232.

Ehrman, B. The New Testament. N.Y.: Oxford Univ., 1997. Pp. 437. $34.

Ellingsen, M. The Bible, Faith, and American Society. Macon, Ga.: Mercer Univ., 1995. Pp. 251. $18.

Fee, G. Paul, The Spirit, and the People of God. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1996. Pp. 208.

Fischer, J. Interpreting the Bible. N.Y.: Paulist, 1996. Pp. 113. 8.95.

The Five Gospels. Ed. R. Funk and R. Hoover. S.F.: Harper San Francisco, 1997. Pp. 554. $20.

Gowan, D. Theology in Exodus. Louisville: Westminster/Kox, 1994. Pp. 297. $28.

Hens-Piazza, G. Of Methods, Monarchs, and Meanings. Macon, Ga.: Mercer Univ., 1996. Pp. 200. $30.

Holman, C. Till Jesus Comes. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1996. Pp. 181.

Horrell, D. The Social Ethos of the Corinthian Correspondence. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1996. Pp. 395. $23.95.

Kelsey, M. What is Heaven Like? Hyde Park, N.Y.: New City, 1997. Pp. 96.

Kort, W. Scripture, Textuality, and Cultural Practice. University Park: Pennsylvania State Univ., 1996. Pp. 156. $38.50; $19.95.

Kuschel, K.-J. La controversia su Abramo. Brescia: Queriniana, 1996. Pp. 456. L. 55,000.

Levinskaya, I. The Book of Acts in Its Diaspora Setting. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996. Pp. 284. $38.

Menken, M. 2 Thessalonians. N.Y.: Routledge, 1994. Pp. 171. $32.50; 11.

Moore, S. God's Gym: Divine Male Bodies of the Bible. N.Y.: Routledge, 1996. Pp. 185. $59.95; $16.95.

Murphy, R. The Tree of Life. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996. Pp. 233. $22.

Nohrnberg, J. Like Unto Moses. Bloomington: Indiana Univ., 1995. Pp. 396. $39.95.

Patte, D. Discipleship according to the Sermon on the Mount. Valley Forge, Pa.: Trinity International, 1996. Pp. 416. $30.

Patterns of Discipleship in the New Testament. Ed. R. Longenecker. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996. Pp. 308. $25.

Phipps, W. The Sexuality of Jesus. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 1996. Pp. 250. $16.95.

Provan, I. 1 and 2 Kings. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1995. Pp. 304.

Raspanti, G. Mario Vittorino esegeta di S. Paolo. Palermo: L'Epos Societa, 1996. Pp. 180. L. 32,000.

Rhoads, D. The Challenge of Diversity. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996. Pp. 172. $12.

Schweizer, E. Gesu, la parabola di Dio. Brescia: Queriniana, 1996. Pp. 184. L. 24,000.

Setzer, C. Jewish Responses to Early Christians. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1994. Pp. 254.

The Social Sciences and New Testament Interpretation. Ed. R. Rohrbaugh. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1996. Pp. 240.

Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament 7. Ed. G. Botterweck et al. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997. Pp. 560. $45.

The Theological Interpretation of Scripture. Ed. S. Fowl. Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1997. Pp. 409. $24.95.

Walker, P. Jesus and the Holy City. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996. Pp. 370. $25.

Wright, C. Deuteronomy. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1996. Pp. 350.

Zenger, E. A God of Vengeance? Louisville: Westminster/Knox, 1996. Pp. 104. $13.

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

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The Encyclicals of John Paul II. Ed. J. Miller. Huntington, Ind.: Our Sunday Visitor, 1996. Pp. 1008. $39.95.

Ferguson, E. The Church of Christ. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996. Pp. 443. $35.

Finding God in All Things: Essays in Honor of Michael J. Buckley, S.J. Ed. M. Himes and S. Pope. N.Y.: Crossroad, 1996. Pp. 371. $29.95.

Fulkerson, M. Women's Discourses and Feminist Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1994. Pp. 412. $27.

Girard, R. The Girard Reader. N.Y.: Crossroad, 1996. Pp. 311. $39.95; $19.95.

God, Philosophy and Academic Culture. Ed. W. Wainwright. Atlanta: Scholars, 1996. Pp. 87. $29.95; 19.95.

Gunton, Colin E. Theology through the Theologians: Selected Essays 1972-1995 Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1996. Pp. xi + 248. $45.95.

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Harvey, V. The Historian and the Believer. Urbana: Univ. of Illinois, 1996. Pp. 301. $36.95; $14.95.

Il ritorno degli angeli. Ed. E. Fizzotti. Rome: Ateneo Salesiano, 1996. Pp. 152. L. 15,000.

Knieps, T. Der wissenschafts-philosophische Ort der Theologie nach Karl Rahners "Horer des Wortes." Wurzburg: Echter, 1995. Pp. 312.

Kocik, T. Apostolic Succession in an Ecumenical Context. N.Y.: Alba House, 1996. Pp. 146. $9.95.
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