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The Sheed & Ward Anthology of Catholic Philosophy is a thorough introduction to the evolution of Catholic philosophy from Biblical times to the present day. The first comprehensive collection of readings from Catholic philosophers, this volume aims to sharpen the understanding of Catholic philosophy by grouping together the best examples of this tradition, both well-known classics and lesser-known selections. The readings emphasize themes integral to the Catholic tradition such as the harmony of faith and reason, the existence and nature of God, the nature of the human person and the nature of being, and the objectivity of the moral law. Each reading includes a brief introduction and is historically placed within five major groups—1) Preliminaries, including readings from the Bible, Plato and Aristotle, 2) The Patristic Era, selections from Aristides to Boethius, and a heavy focus on Augustine, 3) The Middle Ages, readings from the early Moslem and Jewish thinkers to William of Ockham, with an emphasis on Aquinas, 4) The Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century, including Suarez, Descartes, Pascal, Newman, and Pope Leo XIII, and 5) The Twentieth Century and Beyond, including Maritain and Lonergan, Blondel and Marcel, Geach and Rescher, and others like Chesterton and Teilhard. —

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Editorial Reviews

Don J. Briel
The Catholic Philosophy Anthology not only provides a useful summary of a long and complex tradition of Catholic reflections on the nature and role of philosophy but also offers a very helpful summary of American Catholic philosophy. The editors’ introductions to each of the texts are both informative and engaging. The anthology will be especially valuable for undergraduates who are seeking a comprehensive understanding of the diverse and wide tradition of Catholic philosophical thought.
Francis Cardinal George
Professors Gensler and Swindal have made a judicious selection of texts that are classics in Catholic philosophy. Their introductions make this book useful for private study and in the classroom.
John D. Caputo
Editors Gensler and Swindal have done everyone a service with this novel idea of a collection that gathers the best of the Catholic philosophical tradition from the early Patristic authors right up to the latest work done by Catholics working in both the analytic and continental traditions. The selections are both judicious and comprehensive and prefaced by a very helpful analysis of the very idea of a Catholic philosophy. An impressive achievement.
Nicholas Rescher
Philosophizing about issues that have a bearing on matters of faith has been part of the Catholic tradition throughout its history. But it has heretofore been difficult to find a convenient "scenic outlook" from which to get something of a synoptic overview of the whole readily diversified terrain. In filling this gap the The Sheed & Ward Anthology of Catholic Philosophy meets a real need. The editors deserve our congratulations for their thoughtful labors in producing the panorama of this fascinating and well-constructed anthology.
Francis Cardinal George O.M.I.
Professors Gensler and Swindal have made a judicious selection of texts that are classics in Catholic philosophy. Their introductions make this book useful for private study and in the classroom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742531987
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Series: A Sheed & Ward Classic Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Meet the Author

James C. Swindal is associate professor of philosophy and chair of the philosophy department at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Harry J. Gensler, S.J. is professor of philosophy at John Carroll University.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preliminaries Chapter 2 What Is Catholic Philosophy? Chapter 3 The Bible: Verses Chapter 4 Plato: Dialogues Chapter 5 Aristotle: Treatises Part 6 The Patristic Era Chapter 7 Introduction Chapter 8 Aristides the Philosopher: A Defense of Christianity Chapter 9 Justin Martyr: From Philosophy to Christianity Chapter 10 Irenaeus: Freedom and Evil Chapter 11 Clement of Alexandria: Philosophy and Christianity Chapter 12 Tertullian: Athens and Jerusalem Chapter 13 Minucius Felix: A Pagan-Christian Debate Chapter 14 Origen: First Principles Chapter 15 Plotinus: Absolute Beauty Chapter 16 Gregory of Nyssa: Not Three Gods Chapter 17 Augustine: Confessions Chapter 18 Augustine: Christian Doctrine Chapter 19 Augustine: Freedom and Evil Chapter 20 Augustine: God’s Providence Chapter 21 Pseudo-Dionysius: Mystical Theology Chapter 22 Boethius: Foreknowledge and Freedom Part 23 The Middle Ages Chapter 24 Introduction Chapter 25 Avicenna: Essences Chapter 26 Anselm: The Ontological Argument Chapter 27 Averroës: The Incoherence of the Incoherence Chapter 28 Moses Maimonides: Guide for the Perplexed Chapter 29 Roger Bacon: Experimental Science Chapter 30 Peter of Spain: Logic Chapter 31 Bonaventure: The Mind’s Journey to God Chapter 32 Thomas Aquinas: The Existence of God Chapter 33 Thomas Aquinas: Natural Law Chapter 34 Thomas Aquinas: The Principles of Nature Chapter 35 Thomas Aquinas: On Being and Essence Chapter 36 Thomas Aquinas: Can War Be Just? Chapter 37 Meister Eckhart: The Nearness of the Kingdom Chapter 38 John Duns Scotus: Universals Chapter 39 Margaret Porette: Mirror of Simple Souls Chapter 40 William of Ockham: Against Theistic Proofs Part 41 Renaissance through Nineteenth Chapter 42 Introduction Chapter 43 Ignatius of Loyola: Principle and Foundation Chapter 44 Francisco Suárez: Essence and Existence Chapter 45 Galileo Galilei: Physics and Religion Chapter 46 Pierre Gassendi: Against the Aristotelians Chapter 47 René Descartes: I Think, Therefore I Am Chapter 48 Blaise Pascal: The Wager Chapter 49 Nicolas Malebranche: Occasionalism Chapter 50 John Henry Newman: Loving God Chapter 51 Josef Kleutgen: Scholastic Philosophy Chapter 52 Vatican I: Constitution on the Catholic Faith Chapter 53 Pope Leo XIII: The Revival of Thomism Part 54 The Twentieth Century and Beyond Chapter 55 Introduction Chapter 56 The Vatican: Twenty-Four Thomistic Theses Chapter 57 Maurice Blondel: Action Chapter 58 Max Scheler: The Problem of Eudaemonism Chapter 59 G. K. Chesterton: Orthodoxy Chapter 60 Pierre Rousselot: Intelligence Chapter 61 Joseph Maréchal: Transcendental Thomism Chapter 62 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: Evolution and Christianity Chapter 63 Jacques Maritain: Existence and the Existent Chapter 64 Étienne Gilson: God and Modern Philosophy Chapter 65 Gabriel Marcel: Ontological Mystery Chapter 66 Edith Stein: Woman’s Special Value Chapter 67 Charles Hart: Neothomism in America Chapter 68 Alfred Tarski: What Is Truth? Chapter 69 John Courtney Murray: Religious Freedom Chapter 70 Karl Rahner: Can We Still Believe? Chapter 71 Bernard Lonergan: The Subject Chapter 72 Frederick Copleston: A Debate with Bertrand Russell Chapter 73 Peter Geach: God’s Omnipotence Chapter 74 Elizabeth Anscombe: Contraception and Chastity Chapter 75 Pope John Paul II: Faith and Reason Chapter 76 Alan Donagan: Agency Chapter 77 Herbert McCabe: The Logic of Mysticism Chapter 78 Nicholas Rescher: Matters of Religion Chapter 79 Alasdair MacIntyre: Virtue and Dependence Chapter 80 Arthur McGovern: Is Atheism Essential to Marxism? Chapter 81 Eui-Chai Tjeng: East and West Chapter 82 Charles Taylor: Transcendental Arguments Chapter 83 Alvin Plantinga: Advice to Christian Philosophers Chapter 84 Sidney Cornelia Callahan: Abortion and Feminism Chapter 85 Hugo Meynell: Faith and Foundationalism Chapter 86 John Finnis: Natural Law Chapter 87 John Caputo: Against Ethics Chapter 88 Harry Gensler: God, Science, and the Golden Rule Chapter 89 Jean-Luc Marion: God without Being Chapter 90 Patrick Lee: Plantinga, Faith, and Reason Chapter 91 Danilo de Souza Filho: Maker’s Knowledge Chapter 92 Arthur Madigan: Catholic Philosophers in the U.S

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