Peter M. Collins's A Twentieth-Century Collision: American Intellectual Culture PDF

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 awareness to the sluggish narrowing of the scope of (academic) philosophy and its diminishing effect. This 'narrowing' indicates a turning out to be indifference to, and removal of, really metaphysical and prescriptively moral questions, in addition to the bifurcation of religion and cause. American Catholic universities, it really is contended during this e-book, can render a seriously-needed contribution to scuffling with the unwanted effects of this historic improvement, one in every of that's the separation of questions about the final that means of lifestyles from rational inquiry. This thesis is pursued via 1) reviewing a hugely selective_but additionally hugely representative_sample of pertinent mainstream philosophical rules, and a couple of) evaluating them with rules of Pope John Paul II present in 3 records within which he elaborates his perspectives at the nature and function of philosophy (and its dating to theology) in Catholic greater schooling. This venture isn't really unrelated to fresh, chronic feedback that American Catholic universities have forfeited their identity_and therefore their particular contribution to American cultural pluralism.

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