Reason, Revelation and Human Affairs

Reason, Revelation and Human Affairs : Selected Writings of James V. Schall

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This book is intended to serve as an introduction to the thought of James V. Schall, arguably one of the best, perhaps even the only, authentically Thomistic political scientist writing today. In contrast to main currents in contemporary Thomism, Schall remains conversant with the great tradition of political philosophy and therefore appreciates the complex and relatively imprecise nature of political reflection. In this book, the distinguished theorist addresses a wide range of subjects, including the question of overpopulation, the thought of Charles McCoy and Leo Strauss, the role of Christianity in political philosophy, and the challenges that the democratic project pose to human beings' perception of the truth. As a meditation on practical and theoretical political questions, self-consciously proceeding from the perspectives of both nature and grace, the book provides a unique picture of what a genuine Thomistic political science might look more

Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 17.8mm | 362.88g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739101986
  • 9780739101988
  • 1,233,746

About Marc D. Guerra

James V. Schall, S.J. is Professor of Government at Georgetown University. He is the author of numerous books in theology and political philosophy, including Reason, Revelation, and the Foundations of Political Philosophy (1987), Does Catholicism Still Exist? (1994), At the Limits of Political Philosophy: From "Brilliant Errors" to Things of Uncommon Importance (1996), and Jacques Maritian: The Philosopher and Society (1998). Marc D. Guerra is Assistant Professor of Theology at Assumption College. He writes on questions of Christianity and political more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 A Note on the Christian Aristotelianism of James V. Schall Part 2 Christianity, Human Rights, and the Political Order Chapter 3 Entitlements: Unintended Paradoxes of the Generous State Part 4 Morality, Truth, and Democracy Chapter 5 Solzhenitsyn's Letter Chapter 6 Truth as a Democratic Project Part 7 Reflections on Death, Friendship and Worship Chapter 8 On the Death of Plato: Some Philosophical Thoughts on Thracian Maidens Chapter 9 Friendship and Political Philosophy Chapter 10 Worship and Political Philosophy Part 11 Teachers Past and Present Chapter 12 On the Place of Augustine in Political Philosophy: A Second Look at Some Augustinian Literature Chapter 13 The Uniqueness of the Political Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas Chapter 14 A Latitude for Statesmanship? Strauss on St. Thomas Chapter 15 Transcendent Man in the Limited City: The Political Philosophy of Charles N. R. McCoy Part 16 Selected Reviews Chapter 17 A Catholic Statesman: A Review of Daniel J. Mahoney's DeGaulle: Statesmanship, Grandeur, and Modern Democracy Chapter 18 The Acton Legacy: A Review of J. Rufus Fears' Selected Writings of Lord Acton Chapter 19 Keeping Chesterton Alive: A Review of P. J. Kavanaugh's A Chesterton Anthology Chapter 20 Letters from Jerusalem and Athens: A Review of P. Emberly's and B. Cooper's Faith and Political Philosophy: The Correspondence Between Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin Chapter 21 Will Sandinistas Save Both Christianity and Marxism? A Review of Giulio Girardi's Faith and Revolution in Nicaragua: Convergence and Contradictionsshow more

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This is political theory of a very high order. First Things This collection of essays, with teachings that have originated in the mind and heart of one don, academic and clerical, provides a strong diagnosis of the disorders-political and spiritual-of society. Even more, in addressing the possibilities and limits of political philosophy, James V. Schall points the way to a prudent response to those disorders. Perspectives on Political Scienceshow more