Roman Catholic Political Philosophy

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Overview

In Roman Catholic Political Philosophy, author James V. Schall tries to demonstrate that Roman Catholicism and political philosophy - revelation and reason - are not contradictory. It is his contention that political philosophy, the primary focus of the book, asks certain questions about human purpose and destiny that it cannot, by itself, answer. Revelation is the natural complement to these important questions about God, human being, and the world. Schall manages to avoid polemicism or triumphalism as he shows that revelation and political thought contribute to a fuller understanding of each other.
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Editorial Reviews

Gilbert Magazine
Here in large part is what makes Schall unique; his best friends in politics, philosophy, literature, history, and theology make his interpretation of reality sole occupant of the field. With their help he undertakes in these pages the central task of Catholic political philosophy-to spell out the true enlightenment of which Chesterton was a herald in the way he courageously faced, loudly proclaimed, and galantly challenged all the errors that ever were.
Review Of Metaphysics
Roman Catholic Political Philosophy will provide rewarding reading to any student, professor, or lay reader who is interested in the relationship between religion and philosophy, especially as this has developed within the Catholic tradition.
The British Columbian Catholic
Together with Pope John PaulII's Fides et Ratio, Father Schall eloquently reminds us that the city in which we live is limited and can never fulfil our transcendent destiny.
Fellowship Of Catholic Scholars
This book, written by the preeminent Catholic political philosopher in North America, is a brilliant inquiry into the nature and limits of political philosophy.
Claremont Review Of Books
Roman Catholic Political Philosophy is thus both simple and dense - simple in its startling clarity, dense in its richness of meaning, a work of great metaphysical integrity. One need not be a Catholic, much less a Christian, to grasp the importance of Roman Catholic Political Philosophy.
The Review Of Politics
The author holds that political philosophy is especially an area where faith and reason have, and will continue to, come together very clearly. This book is an excellent illustration of how these two ways of knowing can collaborate in an academic discipline, but also of what happens when they separate as in our own times.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
One of this book's greatest strengths is its effective synthesis of elements of Strauss with elements of Catholic and related thought....Schall's message is an important one....He is a much needed corrective to a de-sanctified world and its fragmented pursuit of knowledge.
The Review of Politics
The author holds that political philosophy is especially an area where faith and reason have, and will continue to, come together very clearly. This book is an excellent illustration of how these two ways of knowing can collaborate in an academic discipline, but also of what happens when they separate as in our own times.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
One of this book's greatest strengths is its effective synthesis of elements of Strauss with elements of Catholic and related thought....Schall's message is an important one....He is a much needed corrective to a de-sanctified world and its fragmented pursuit of knowledge.
Ken Masugi
Fr. Schall's meditations on the profoundest themes of western civilization are essential reading for anyone interested in its fate — regardless of their religious convictions or lack thereof. And it would be a rare creature who would not beforced to re-examine the depths and dimensions of his soul to take account of Fr. Schall's powerful argumentation. His book is especially welcome at a time the west faces yet another challenge from radical Islam and its own continuing deterioration from its own nihilism within.
Kenneth Grasso
James Schall is one of the giants of contemporary Catholic thought. This volume is essential reading not just for Catholics but for anyone interested in the nature of political philosophy as a tradition of inquiry and the vitally important question of the relationship of faith and reason.
David Walsh
A lively and spirited defense of Roman Catholic political philosophy that exemplifies what it describes. James Schall understands the presumption against any attempt to link the worlds of faith and reason. He shows that the most powerful argument for convergence arises from the side of reason itself. Political philosophy is most true to itself when it preserves its openness to revelation.
William P. Haggerty
Tertullian asked: "What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?" James V. Schall goes one step further and asks: "What have Athens and Jerusalem to do with Rome?" Serious and playful, witty and wise, Roman Catholic Political Philosophy is essential reading for anyone exploring the question of reason and revelation and how it relates to the nature of political things.
Timothy Fuller
This book is a magisterial summation of Fr. Schall's lifelong reflections on political philosophy in relation to the Catholic tradition. Readers will be impressed by the constructive dialogue he establishes between Reason and Revelation in relation to understanding the nature of politics. His command of the classic works, both ancient and modern, and his knowledge of contemporary political theorists, both Catholic and non-Catholic, is equal to any.
Jay Budziszewski
Despite various qualms and trepidations, philosophy has been rediscoving revelation for some time. Political philosophers dig in their heels, though, and Schall shows why this is misguided. By accepting revelation, reason actually becomes more reasonable; revelation makes the intellectual life more intellectual. Of course philosophy is not theology and cannot "prove" the truths of revelation, but it denies itself if it does not take the possibility of revelation seriously. This is a searching, reflective book in the spirit of Fides et Ratio, an essay to be meditated, not merely read.
Brian Benestad
Fr. Schall argues that the purpose of Roman Catholic political philosophy is to inquire about the relation of politics to the teaching of Revelation, as preserved and interpreted in the Catholic Church. In carry out this philosophical inquiry he ackowledges his debt to Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin, but then argues that political philosophy direct people's attention to the highest things and, therefore, points to metaphysics and Revelation. Fr. Schall is at his best in making the case that Revelation not only helps the non-philosopher, but also the philosopher as well. In fact, he argues in his fine book that philosophy, if true to itself, will be open to Revelation.
Daniel J. Mahoney
This wise and learned essay is a truly original contribution to our understanding of the relationship between political philosophy and the revelational traditions of the West. Schall brilliantly demonstrates that political philosophy is prone to degenerate into mere skepticism or even inhuman ideology when it arbitrarily closes itself off from the account of human nature and the whole of things that is provided by "Roman Catholic political philosophy." Schall's erudition is staggering and his judgment "Catholic" in the most capacious sense of that term.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739107454
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 907,957
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James V. Schall is Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Why is political philosophy different? 1
Ch. 2 On the paradoxical place of political philosophy in the structure of reality 13
Ch. 3 The philosopher's study of political things 29
Ch. 4 The role of Christian philosophy in politics 45
Ch. 5 On how revelation addresses itself to politics 61
Ch. 6 The relation of political philosophy to metaphysics and theology 79
Ch. 7 From curiosity to pride : on the experience of our own existence 95
Ch. 8 Modernity : what is it? 113
Ch. 9 Revelation, political philosophy, and morality 125
Ch. 10 Worship and political philosophy 135
Ch. 11 Roman Catholic political philosophy 151
Conclusion 177
Thirty-three summary and concluding maxims, principles, and aphorisms concerning Roman Catholic political philosophy 185
Bibliography 189
Index 203
About the author 209
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