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The Mind That Is Catholic - Philosophical and Political Essays

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Fr. James V. Schall is a treasure of the Catholic intellectual tradition. A prolific author and essayist, Schall readily connects with his readers on sundry topics from war to friendship, philosophy, politics, and to ordinary everyday living. In his newest work, The Mind That Is Catholic, he presents a retrospective collection of his academic and literary essays written in the past fifty years. In each essay, he exemplifies the Catholic mind at its best—seeing the whole, leaving nothing out.

 

The “Catholic mind” seeks to recognize a consistent and coherent relation between the solid things of reason and the definite facts of revelation. Its thought aims to understand how they belong together in a fruitful manner, each profiting from the other; each being what it is. The Catholic mind is not a confusion of disparate sources. It respects and makes distinctions. It sees where things separate. It is in fact delighted by what is.

 

This delightful book is not polemical, but contemplative in mood. Schall shares with readers a mind that is constantly struck by how things fit together when seen in full light. He brings to his work a lifetime of study in political philosophy, a wide-ranging discipline that, in many ways, is the most immediate context in which reason and revelation meet. The Mind That Is Catholic respects what can be known by faith alone. But it also considers what is known by faith to be itself intelligible to a mind actively thinking on political and philosophical things. The whole, at the risk of its own contradiction, does not exclude the intelligibility of what is revealed.

 

“Father James V. Schall is one of the few renaissance men still among us. His knowledge of various areas of reality and human endeavor is encyclopedic. Dealing with important abstract ideas, he is able to put flesh on them so that the ordinary reader can grasp easily what he is getting at. Schall is the apostle of truth and reality, since he is always reminding the reader to consult that which is.”—Kenneth Baker, S.J., Editor, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

 

Fr. James V. Schall is professor of political philosophy at Georgetown University. He is the author of hundreds of essays on political, theological, literary, and philosophical issues and numerous books including Schall on Chesterton: Timely Essays on Timeless Paradoxes, At the Limits of Political Philosophy: From “Brilliant Errors” to Things of Uncommon Importance, On the Unseriousness of Human Affairs, and Another Sort of Learning.


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This item received 5 stars overall. Challenge Your Mind with These Timely Essays

While sudoku might keep your mind limber and fit, Fr. JamesV. Schall’s The Mind That Is Catholic: Philosophical and Political Essays will challenge you to a higher level. is a selection of Fr. Schall’s previously published essays centering on faith and reason. As he says, "It is possible to think with a knowledge of and belief in revelation without thereby harming reason or its legitimate powers. . . . In fact, we think better, more consistently, when both are taken into account."

The Mind That Is Catholic

Fr. Schall covers a myriad of timely topics. For example, he comments that the purpose of government "is not itself to care for everyone but to provide an order in which everyone can care for himself." And in his essay on "The Real Alternatives to Just War," he states, "But there are things worse than war. Not to know what they are is tantamount to losing any real contact with or understanding of human experienc Full Review...

 
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