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A Twentieth-Century Collision: American Intellectual Culture and Pope John Paul II's Idea of a University
     

A Twentieth-Century Collision: American Intellectual Culture and Pope John Paul II's Idea of a University

by Peter M. Collins
 

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A Twentieth-Century Collision explores intellectual culture in the United States during the twentieth century, a topic which cannot be understood without attention to the gradual narrowing of the scope of (academic) philosophy and its diminishing influence. This 'narrowing' signifies a growing indifference to, and elimination of, genuinely metaphysical and

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A Twentieth-Century Collision explores intellectual culture in the United States during the twentieth century, a topic which cannot be understood without attention to the gradual narrowing of the scope of (academic) philosophy and its diminishing influence. This 'narrowing' signifies a growing indifference to, and elimination of, genuinely metaphysical and prescriptively ethical questions, as well as the bifurcation of faith and reason. American Catholic universities, it is contended in this book, can render a seriously-needed contribution to combating the negative effects of this historical development, one of which is the separation of questions concerning the ultimate meaning of life from rational inquiry. This thesis is pursued by 1) reviewing a highly selective_but also highly representative_sample of pertinent mainstream philosophical principles, and 2) comparing them with principles of Pope John Paul II found in three documents in which he elaborates his views on the nature and role of philosophy (and its relationship to theology) in Catholic higher education. This project is not unrelated to recent, persistent criticism that American Catholic universities have forfeited their identity_and thus their unique contribution to American cultural pluralism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761846284
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
07/16/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
File size:
89 KB

Meet the Author

Peter M. Collins earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy of education from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He taught at Marquette University as well as other universities in the United States (including Guam, the Philippines, Thailand, and Taiwan, in departments of philosophy and of education. His articles on these subjects have appeared in about thirty different scholarly journals in the United States, Australia, England, Ireland, India, and the Philippines. His previous book on the philosophy of education of William Torrey Harris was also published by University Press of America. Collins is currently a senior research associate at the Institute for the History of Philosophy and Pedagogy in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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