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.
"…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
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