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Faithful Reason
Essays Catholic and Philosophical

ISBN 9780415207034
Published August 13, 2004 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

In Faithful Reason, the noted Catholic philosopher John Haldane explores various aspects of intellectual and practical life from a perspective inspired by Catholic thought and informed by his distinctive philosophical approach: 'Analytical Thomism'. Haldane's discussions of ethics, politics, education, art, social philosophy and other themes explain why Catholic thought is still relevant in today's world, and show how the legacy of Thomas Aquinas can benefit modern philosophy in its efforts to answer fundamental questions about humanity and its place within nature. Drawing on a Catholic philosophical tradition that is committed to concepts of the world's intrinsic intelligibility and the objectivity of truth, Faithful Reason's bold and insightful perspectives provide rich matter for debate, and food for further thought.

Table of Contents

Preface  Acknowledgements  Introduction: Analytical Thomism and Faithful Reason Section 1: Catholicism and Philosophy  1. Thomism and the Future of Catholic Philosophy  2. MacIntyre's Thomist Revival: What Next?  3. The Diversity of Philosophy and the Unity of Its Vocation: Some Philosophical Reflections on Fides et Ratio  Section 2: Faith and Reason  4. Critical Orthodoxy  5. Infallibility, Authority and Faith  6. Incarnational Anthropology  7. Examining the Assumption  Section 3: Ethics and Politics  8. Medieval and Renaissance Ethics  9. Natural Law and Ethical Pluralism  10. From Law to Virtue and Back Again: On Veritatis Splendor  11. Can a Catholic be a Liberal?  12. Religious Toleration  Section 4: Education and Spirituality  13. Chesterton's Philosophy of Education  14. Religion in Education: in Defence of a tradition  15. Catholic Education and Catholic Identity  16. The Need of Spirituality in Catholic Education  Section 5: Beauty and Contemplation  17. Medieval and Renaissance Aesthetics  18. Form: Meaning and Value: A History of the Philosophy of Architecture  19. Admiring the High Mountains: The Aesthetics of the Environment  20. De Consolatione Philosophiae  Index

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John Haldane is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St Andrews. His books include An Intelligent Person's Guide to Religion (2003), Atheism and Theism, second edition with J.J.C Smart (2003) and Modern Writings on Thomism (2003).


"...not merely readable, but elegant. The essays in this book are learned, clear and suggestive. The result is a book that is a pleasure to read." - Paul Weithman, University of Notre Dame

"John Haldane's respected and respectful voice has much to contribute to contemporary philosophizing.. Throughout he displays his commitment to a historically informed Thomism engaged on a variety of contemporary philosophical problems." -- Joseph W. Koterski, Fordham University, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly