Sunday, January 3, 2021

Freddoso on 'The Vindication of St. Thomas'

The Vindication of St. Thomas: Thomism and Contemporary Anglo-American Philosophy, by Alfred J. Freddoso, University of Notre Dame.

"Abstract: Fifty years after the overthrow of St. Thomas and Thomistic Scholasticism in Catholic intellectual life in general and in Catholic philosophy and theology in particular, we are now witnessing a revival of Aristotelianism and Thomism in a place where one would have least anticipated it, mainstream Anglo-American analytic philosophy. This phenomenon has been relatively well-documented in the case of moral theory, but is less well known in two areas that from a Thomistic standpoint are more fundamental than moral theory, viz., philosophy of nature and philosophical anthropology. In my presentation, after highlighting certain consequences of the overthrow of Thomism, I will discuss this revival, along with some cognate developments within recent Catholic theology, with an eye toward giving some direction to the new generation of Catholic philosophers and theologians."
See Summa Theologica in Great Books of the Western World (first edition, 52 Vol., 1952) volumes 19-20, and Great Books of the Western World (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volumes 17-18

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