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By Peter M. Collins

A Twentieth-Century Collision explores highbrow tradition within the usa throughout the 20th century, an issue which can't be understood with out cognizance to the slow narrowing of the scope of (academic) philosophy and its diminishing impression. This "narrowing" indicates a becoming indifference to, and removal of, really 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 fighting the unwanted effects of this historic improvement, considered one of that is the separation of questions about the final that means of existence from rational inquiry. This thesis is pursued by means of 1) reviewing a hugely selective―but additionally hugely representative―sample of pertinent mainstream philosophical rules, and a pair of) evaluating them with rules of Pope John Paul II present in 3 files during which he elaborates his perspectives at the nature and function of philosophy (and its courting to theology) in Catholic greater schooling. This venture isn't really unrelated to fresh, power feedback that American Catholic universities have forfeited their identity―and therefore their special contribution to American cultural pluralism.

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Ed. Kurtz, 28–30. See also The American Hegelians . . , edited by Goetzmann. , 1971), 23–57. 28. Kurtz, “Introduction,” American Thought Before 1900 . . , ed. Kurtz, 30. Kurtz seems to be referring to absolute idealism in this statement; however, for an account this generalized, the distinction is of little importance. 29. Paul Kurtz, “Introduction,” American Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: A Sourcebook from Pragmatism to Philosophical Analysis, ed. , 1966), 18. 30. Kurtz, “Introduction,” American Thought Before 1900 .

16. 3. Ibid. 4. , 17. For a lengthy study of this matter, see David F. ), Foreign Influences in American Life: Essays and Critical Bibliographies (New York: Peter Smith, 1952). 5. The St. Louis Hegelians, under the leadership of Henry C. Brockmeyer (1828–1906) and William Torrey Harris (1835–1909), became the most renowned group of idealists, with the assistance of the Journal of Speculative Philosophy (the first philosophical journal in the United States), founded and edited by Harris from 1867–1880.

Teaching Philosophy in a Catholic University 37 F. THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY The next topic to be considered in accord with the thought of John Paul II in these three official Church documents is the university community. What ought to characterize this community of learners, including researchers, teachers and students? According to John Paul II in Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the inspiration for everyone in this academic community in all activities is the truth, and the key to the truth is the “spirit of Christ,” the basis for recognizing the dignity of the human person.

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