Sacramentum Mundi Online

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Edited by: Karl Rahner with Cornelius Ernst and Kevin Smyth.
Advisor for the online edition: Karen Kilby, Durham University

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Sacramentum Mundi Online is the online edition of the famous six volume English reference work in Catholic Theology, edited (in 1968-1970) by Karl Rahner, one of the main Catholic theologians of the 20th century. Sacramentum Mundi: An Encyclopedia of Theology was originally published by Herder Verlag, and is now available online at Brill.

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Author(s): Joseph de Finance
1. The notion of value. In contemporary philosophy, value is defined as: that which is, or makes something, desirable, attractive, worthy of approval, admiration, etc.; that which inspires feelings, judgments or attitudes of esteem, commendation; that which is useful in view of certain ends. Value cannot, it seems, be completely identified with the “good” of classical (and scholastic) philosophy, whether taken materially ( bonum) or formally ( bonitas). On the one hand, it always implies a relationship to man (or to the spiritual subject in general), while the …