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During a distinguished career as thinker and educator at universities across North America, philosopher Kenneth L. Schmitz has striven to recover metaphysical realism in a world that has, after Kant, turned to the subject. Schmitz has done so through precisely the window of the subjectivity, particularity, and concern for history which marks philosophy after Kant.
Although primarily associated with his native University of Toronto, where he was known as "the Educator," Schmitz also taught at Loyola Marymount, Marquette, the Catholic University of America, and the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. His teaching focused upon the singularity of the human person founded upon the notion of being that generates the history of philosophy. He was eminently generous in his appreciation of the philosophers about whom he lectured. He taught philosophy, richly grounded in the history of philosophy as a gold mine rather than as a minefield.
Anchored in his spirit, the various essays in this volume by colleagues and former students of Schmitz examine his thought and the subjects of his teaching. In addition to an overall exposition of his own thought, the collection treats themes such as gift, faith and reason, culture and dialogue, modernity and post-modernity, and themes in the work of various thinkers, including Aristotle, Anselm, Aquinas, Martin Heidegger, Gabriel Marcel, Max Scheler, and Jean-Paul Sartre. Special attention is given to G. W. F. Hegel whose philosophy Schmitz was particularly adept at teaching. He turned many a budding scholar into a life-long student of Hegel's work. Several of the essays begin with a special tribute to the honoree. The volume concludes with a bibliography of Schmitz's many works.
Michael Baur is associate professor of philosophy and adjunct professor of law at Fordham University. He is the editor of numerous works including The Emergence of German Idealism. Robert E. Wood is professor and former chair of philosophy at the University of Dallas. He is the longtime editor of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, and author of three books and numerous articles.
"In his work, Kenneth Schmitz seeks to unify the disparate and, argumentatively, to seek the common ground on a diverse gathering of opinions. Not that he is blind to difference or so tolerant that criticism is suspended. Rather, his principal convictions enable him to favor the principle of charity in interpretation and respect in critical assessment. That these qualities have been communicated to his former students and colleagues is apparent in these essays. This collection brings the facets of Schmitz's philosophical thought into a fruitful exchange, and introduces the lifework of an incredibly gifted and original thinker."—Thomas R. Flynn, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy, Emory University
Part 1 Themes in the Philosophy of Kenneth L. Schmitz
1 The Philosophy of Kenneth L. Schmitz: The Recovery and Discovery of Things, Being, and the Person James Kow 3
2 The Gift and the Giving Louis Dupré 48
3 "Praise the World to the Angel": Heidegger, Schmitz, and the Liturgy of the Thing James Crooks 57
Part 2 Reading the History of Philosophy in the Spirit of Kenneth L. Schmitz
4 Coming-to-Know as a Way of Coming-to-Be: Aristotle's De Anima III.5 Michael Baur 77
5 Revisiting Anselm's Ontological Argument John W. Burbidge 103
6 Aristotle and Aquinas †Ralph McInerny 115
7 Subjectivity and Objectivity in Hegel's Science of Logic John Russon 125
8 Violent and Nonviolent Teleology in Hegel's Science of Logic Jay Lampert 140
9 Performing Hegel Martin Donougho 156
10 Beauty and the Good in Hegel's Aesthetics Daniel E. Shannon 181
11 The Problem of Genius in King Lear: Hegel on the Feeling Soul and the Tragedy of Wonder Jennifer Bates 200
12 Science and the Shaping of Modernity: The Reciprocal Influence of Science and Culture Jude P. Dougherty 226
13 Scheler on the Essence of Christian Religious Consciousness Daniel O. Dahlstrom 242
14 The Pervasive Presence of the Spiritual in Gabriel Marcel's World Thomas C. Anderson 258
15 Jean-Paul Sartre: An Existentialist to the End? Thomas W. Busch 273
16 The Unmasking of Objectivity John Deely 284
Part 3 Themes in the Spirit of Kenneth L. Schmitz
17 Seeing the Unseen John C. McCarthy 307
18 Human Nature, Culture, and the Dialogical Imperative Robert E. Wood 325
A Chronological Bibliography of Works Kenneth L. Schmitz 341