The Mind That Is Catholic: Philosophical & Political Essays

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  • Copyright: 2008-11-01
  • Publisher: Catholic Univ of Amer Pr
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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 bestseeing 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 cont

Author Biography

James V. Schall is professor of political philosophy at Georgetown University.

Table of Contents

"A Certain Crime Unobserved"p. 1
On Catholic Thinking
The Mind That Is Catholicp. 9
"Infinitized by the Spirit": Maritain and the Intellectual Vocationp. 19
Chesterton, the Real "Heretic": "The Outstanding Eccentricity of the Peculiar Sect Called Roman Catholics"p. 33
"The Very Graciousness of Being"p. 45
Reckoning with Plato
On the Uniqueness of Socrates: Political Philosophy and the Rediscovery of the Human Bodyp. 61
On the Death of Plato: Some Philosophical Thoughts on the Thracian Maidensp. 80
What Is Piety?p. 95
The Abiding Implications of Friendship
Aristotle on Friendshipp. 105
The Totality of Society: From Justice to Friendshipp. 114
The Trinity: God Is Not Alonep. 128
The Medieval Experience
The Point of Medieval Political Philosophyp. 151
"Possessed of Both a Reason and a Revelation"p. 162
Aquinas and the Defense of Ordinary Things: On "What Common Men Call Common Sense"p. 178
Implications of Catholic Thought
The "Realism" of St. Augustine's "Political Realism": Augustine and Machiavellip. 193
"Mystifying Indeed": On Being Fully Humanp. 208
Transcendence and Political Philosophyp. 220
Mysticism, Political Philosophy, and Playp. 237
Things Practical and Impractical
Sports and Philosophyp. 251
The Real Alternatives to Just Warp. 261
Where Does It Lead?
On Choosing Not to Seep. 279
The Ultimate Meaning of Existencep. 286
"The Beginning of the Real Story"p. 296
Conclusion. On Being Allowed to Readp. 307
Political Philosophy's "Hint of Glory": Interview of James V. Schall by Kenneth Masugip. 313
Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 333
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