God, philosophy, universities : a selective history of the Catholic philosophical tradition


God, philosophy, universities : a selective history of the Catholic philosophical tradition

Alasdair MacIntyre

(A Sheed & Ward book)

Rowman & Littlefield, c2009

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Includes bibliographical references and index



'What does it mean to be a human being?' Given this perennial question, Alasdair MacIntyre, one of America's preeminent philosophers, presents a compelling argument on the necessity and importance of philosophy. Because of a need to better understand Catholic philosophical thought, especially in the context of its historical development and realizing that philosophers interact within particular social and cultural situations, MacIntyre offers this brief history of Catholic philosophy. Tracing the idea of God through different philosophers' engagement of God and how this engagement has played out in universities, MacIntyre provides a valuable, lively, and insightful study of the disintegration of academic disciplines with knowledge. MacIntyre then demonstrates the dangerous implications of this happening and how universities can and ought to renew a shared understanding of knowledge in their mission. This engaging work will be a benefit and a delight to all readers.


Introduction God, philosophy, Universities Chapter 1 God Chapter 2 Philosophy Chapter 3 God and philosophy Chapter 4 God, philosophy, universities Prologues to the Catholic philosophical tradition Chapter 5 Augustine Chapter 6 Boethius, PseudoDionysius, Anselm Chapter 7 The Islamic and Jewish prologue to Catholic philosophy Chapter 8 The genesis of the Catholic philosophical tradition Aquinas and after Chapter 9 Aquinas: philosophy and our knowledge of God Chapter 10 Aquinas: philosophy and the life of practice Chapter 11 Aquinas: God, philosophy, universities Chapter 12 After Aquinas: Scotus and Ockham The threshold of modern philosophy Chapter 13 From scholasticism to scepticism Chapter 14 Descartes, Pascal, and Arnauld Modernity Chapter 15 The Catholic absence from philosophy and the Catholic return to philosophy 1700-1850 Chapter 16 Newman: God, philosophy, universities Chapter 17 From Aeterni Patris to Fides et Ratio Chapter 18 Fides et Ratio: the Catholic philosophical tradition redefined Chapter 19 Now: Universities, philosophy, God Index About the Author

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