By Peter M. Collins

A Twentieth-Century Collision explores highbrow tradition within the usa throughout the 20th century, a subject which can't be understood with no recognition to the sluggish narrowing of the scope of (academic) philosophy and its diminishing effect. This "narrowing" indicates a growing to be indifference to, and removing of, surely metaphysical and prescriptively moral questions, in addition to the bifurcation of religion and reason.

American Catholic universities, it really is contended during this publication, can render a seriously-needed contribution to scuffling with the unwanted effects of this ancient improvement, one in every of that's the separation of questions about the final that means of existence from rational inquiry. This thesis is pursued through 1) reviewing a hugely selective―but additionally hugely representative―sample of pertinent mainstream philosophical ideas, and a couple of) evaluating them with rules of Pope John Paul II present in 3 files during which he elaborates his perspectives at the nature and position of philosophy (and its courting to theology) in Catholic larger schooling. This undertaking isn't really unrelated to fresh, chronic feedback that American Catholic universities have forfeited their identity―and hence their designated contribution to American cultural pluralism.

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Goetzmann, with the assistance of Dickson Pratt (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973); Henry A. Pochmann, New England Transcendentalism and St. Louis Hegelianism (Philadelphia: Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation, 1948); Charles M. Perry, The St. American Philosophy in the Twentieth Century 23 Louis Movement in Philosophy (Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1930); Francis B. Harmon, The Social Philosophy of the St. Louis Hegelians (New York: Columbia University Press, 1943); Loyd D. B. Stallo, Peter Kaufmann, Moncure Conway, August Willich (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 1966); Denton J.

While the priority must be given to the truth and the common good as required by a universal human nature, it must be recognized that every freely developing culture will promote this goal. In a Catholic university, achieving this goal means being guided in all phases of institutional endeavors by Scripture, Church Tradition, and the Magisterium. As noted above, however, this kind of theologicallybased effort requires philosophical reflection. E. THE MORAL DIMENSION OF ACADEMIC LIFE The next major topic, the moral dimension of the Catholic university, while necessitating theology, also involves philosophy as well as a mutual Teaching Philosophy in a Catholic University 35 relationship between theology and philosophy.

36. , 21–22. 37. , 22–24. 38. , 26–27. 39. , 187–88. 40. , 188. 41. Kuklick, 27. 42. , 59. American Philosophy in the Twentieth Century 25 43. , xvii. I. Lewis, published in 1929, and that the major Harvard philosophers of that time were read primarily within the philosophic community. See also p. xvi. 44. , 27. 45. , xxv, 452. 46. , xvi. 47. , xxv, xviii. 48. , xxv. 49. , xxiii. Dewey is an obvious exception to at least one aspect of this point. (See Commager, The American Mind . . ) However, Kuklick’s book pertains only to Cambridge philosophy and philosophers, and, therefore, excludes Dewey from consideration.

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