Wretched Aristotle

Wretched Aristotle : Using the Past to Rescue the Future

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In Wretched Aristotle: Using the Past to Rescue the Future, Jude P. Dougherty offers an intriguing reexamination of this crisis in contemporary times. Situating his argument in the context of ongoing debate concerning the nature of the public philosophy that underpins ideas of freedom, Dougherty identifies the essential features of Western culture through a series of interrelated essays. Each essay reinforces the idea that modernity cannot be understood apart from its break with classical antiquity.show more

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  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 24mm | 521.63g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073914006X
  • 9780739140062

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The work is grand in scope and vision while rich in details and particulars. It is popular without being simple, wide-ranging without being superficial, topical without being ephemeral. -- Peter Simpson, City University of New York This copious book defends the timeless wisdom of the perennial philosophy and the classical-Christian heritage. It exposes the fallacies and shortcomings of doctrines and ideologies that renounce this ancient heritage of Western civilization in the name of science, multiculturalism, globalization, and secularism-all of which fall short in guiding modernity in the pursuit of happiness ... To read this book from essay to essay is to learn the history of philosophy from its classical beginnings to its modern developments and to gain a greater appreciation for the moral wisdom and rational mind that distinguish Western civilization. This book is a compelling apologia that demonstrates the practical and moral consequences of upholding the venerable perennial philosophy as a great source of human and divine wisdom-a luminous source of truth based on reason and faith that respects the nature of things. This fullness of truth that embodies the noble, the heroic, and the divine makes modern ideologies and materialistic philosophies look like versions of Procrustes' bed-attempts to twist reality by stretching, cutting off, and torturing the legs to fit the ill-contrived bed rather than adapting ideas that conform to reality and making a bed that fits The Wanderer Newsletter, November/December 2009 A salutary reminder of Western culture's enormous debt to its religious and Hellenic roots, Wretched Aristotle also presents a resounding challenge to dismissals and neglect of their persisting importance to contemporary life and thought. On display in these essays are all the erudition and realism, lucidity and common sense characteristic of the best traditions of an American Catholic philosopher. Dougherty does not flinch from engaging many troubling theoretical, social, moral, and political issues of our day. His work has the great virtue of framing those issues against the rich backdrop of philosophy's complex history and within a sustained, passionate reflection on the divinely ordered place of human beings in nature. -- Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Boston University This copious book defends the timeless wisdom of the perennial philosophy and the classical-Christian heritage. It exposes the fallacies and shortcomings of doctrines and ideologies that renounce this ancient heritage of Western civilization in the name of science, multiculturalism, globalization, and secularism-all of which fall short in guiding modernity in the pursuit of happiness ... To read this book from essay to essay is to learn the history of philosophy from its classical beginnings to its modern developments and to gain a greater appreciation for the moral wisdom and rational mind that distinguish Western civilization. This book is a compelling apologia that demonstrates the practical and moral consequences of upholding the venerable perennial philosophy as a great source of human and divine wisdom-a luminous source of truth based on reason and faith that respects the nature of things. This fullness of truth that embodies the noble, the heroic, and the divine makes modern ideologies and materialistic philosophies look like versions of Procrustes' bed-attempts to twist reality by stretching, cutting off, and torturing the legs to fit the ill-contrived bed rather than adapting ideas that conform to reality and making a bed that fits the actual bodies of human beings. The Wanderer Newsletter, November/December 2009show more

About Jude P. Dougherty

Jude P. Dougherty is dean emeritus and professor emeritus of philosophy at The Catholic University of America and editor ofThe Review of Metaphysics.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 I. The Relevance of Antiquity Chapter 2 Chapter 1.Wretched Aristotle Chapter 3 Chapter 2.Tom Wolfe's Epictetus Chapter 4 Chapter 3.Aristotle in North America Chapter 5 Chapter 4. Ora et Labora: Benedict's Legacy Chapter 6 Chapter 5.Ancients and Moderns on the Subject of Property Chapter 7 Chapter 6.The Ontology of the Artifact Part 8 II. The Role of Religion in Society Chapter 9 Chapter 7.The Failure of Positivism and the Enduring Legacy of Comte Chapter 10 Chapter 8.Judicial Decision within the Rule of Law Chapter 11 Chapter 9.Modern Interpretations of Religion: The Legacy of Hume and Kant Chapter 12 Chapter 10.Santayana on the Role of Religion in Society Chapter 13 Chapter 11.Indestructible Islam Chapter 14 Chapter 12.Science and the Shaping of Modernity: The Reciprocal Influence of Science and Culture Chapter 15 Chapter 13.The Use and Abuse of Analogy and Metaphor in Scientific Explanation Part 16 III. Contemporary Moral Issues Chapter 17 Chapter 14.Morality with and without God Chapter 18 Chapter 15.Responsibility: Recognition and Limits Chapter 19 Chapter 16.National Identity Chapter 20 Chapter 17.The Fragility of Democracy Chapter 21 Chapter 18.The Socialist Mind Chapter 22 Chapter 19.The Natural Basis of the Theological Virtue of Hopeshow more