The Journal of Public Philosophy is the official publication of the Public Philosophy Society. The goal of the Journal is to publish papers, essays, and book reviews in the mode of classical philosophy. We seek to know the basic truths that are foundational for the common good and for a just and civil society.
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About the Author
Studies in the New College at Arizona State University. In 2013-2014,
he was the William E. Simon research fellow in the James Madison
Program at Princeton University and a visiting scholar at Princeton
Seminary. He has published seven books including The Declaration of Independence and God (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and The
Natural Moral Law (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton, Ph. D. is a professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Paradise Valley Community College in
Phoenix, AZ. She is the author of Retrieving Knowledge: A Socratic
Response to Skepticism (Public Philosophy Press, 2018) and Reason and Proper Function: A Response to Alvin Plantinga (Public Philosophy
Surrendra Gangadean, Ph. D. is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, AZ. He is the author of Philosophical Foundation: A
Critical Analysis of Basic Beliefs (University Press of America, 2009).
Table of Contents
Common Ground for Public Discourse, S. Gangadean
What is Public Philosophy?, K. Burton
Why Study the Humanities?, O. Anderson
Religion and Science: Breaking the Spell, R. Tussing
Can Natural Law Theory be Rationally Justified?, M. Joshi
Étienne Gilson as Philosophical Prophet, P. Redpath
What has Athens to do with Jerusalem? , O. Anderson
The Good as Resistance, K. Burton
Blaise Pascal’s Apologetic Program, A. Gastelum