Wretched Aristotle

Wretched Aristotle

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About eighty-five years ago, philosophers and literary intellectuals as diverse as Edmund Husserl, George Santayana, and Paul ValZry, aware of the declining influence of Christianity, spoke of 'the crisis of Western civilization.' 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. Wretched Aristotle offers a refreshing historical approach to this issue that will make it appealing to those interested in the mutual influence of science and culture and the role of religion in culture.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 260 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739140086
  • 9780739140086

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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 Universityshow 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