On remembering and forgetting being: Aquinas, Heidegger, and Caputo.
This essay consists of an exploration of the relation between
Aquinas and Heidegger as this is discussed in the work of John Caputo,
and an attempt, in the light of what is learned from the previous
discussion, to rethink the essence of Thomistic metaphysics in a way
that is both faithful to the spirit of Thomism, remaining attentive to
its mystical source, and alive to the mystery of Being in a Heideggerian
sense. In this way the argumental structure central to that metaphysics
is treated as a Wittgensteinian ladder that we can kick away, that is,
which auto-deconstructs, thereby placing us before unlimited,
unqualified existence, the Difference between existence and nothingness.
The essay ends with a suggestion for a transformation of
Heidegger's Denken along lines suggested by this rethinking of
Thomism. A reply by John Caputo follows the essay.