ON-Lion Letter
Born in 1889 in Florence of German parents, Dietrich von Hildebrand was an original philosopher and religious writer, a brave anti-Nazi activist, an outspoken Christian witness, and a unique teacher of Western culture.  He was truly a great figure in 20th Century religious, political, intellectual, and cultural history.

Early on, von Hildebrand distinguished himself as a thinker with an unusual understanding of human love.  His books in the 1920s on man and woman broke new ground and stirred up fruitful controversy.  Toward the end of his life, he wrote a foundational book on love, The Nature of Love

This great work is now available for the first time in English from St. Augustine's Press, translated and introduced by the philosopher John F. Crosby, who had been a student of von Hildebrand.

The Nature of Love is a masterpiece of phenomenological investigation.  Not since Max Scheler’s work on love have the resources of phenomenology been so deftly employed for the understanding of what love is and what it is not.  In the book, von Hildebrand shows that the desire to be loved by the person whom one loves has nothing to do with selfishness; this desire to be loved and so to be united with the other person, he shows, is a kind of self-donation to the other.
The work constitutes a major contribution to the Christian personalism that von Hildebrand represents.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee has supported work of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project in Alexandria, Va.
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