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ISBN-13: 978-0742531987 ISBN-10: 0742531988

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  • Series: A Sheed & Ward Classic
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Sheed & Ward (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742531988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742531987
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Catholic Philosophy Anthology not only provides a useful summary of a long and complex tradition of Catholic reflections on the nature and role of philosophy but also offers a very helpful summary of American Catholic philosophy. The editors’ introductions to each of the texts are both informative and engaging. The anthology will be especially valuable for undergraduates who are seeking a comprehensive understanding of the diverse and wide tradition of Catholic philosophical thought. (Don J. Briel, Koch Chair in Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas)

Professors Gensler and Swindal have made a judicious selection of texts that are classics in Catholic philosophy. Their introductions make this book useful for private study and in the classroom. (Francis Cardinal George O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago)

Editors Gensler and Swindal have done everyone a service with this novel idea of a collection that gathers the best of the Catholic philosophical tradition from the early Patristic authors right up to the latest work done by Catholics working in both the analytic and continental traditions. The selections are both judicious and comprehensive and prefaced by a very helpful analysis of the very idea of a Catholic philosophy. An impressive achievement. (John D. Caputo, Syracuse University)

Philosophizing about issues that have a bearing on matters of faith has been part of the Catholic tradition throughout its history. But it has heretofore been difficult to find a convenient scenic outlook from which to get something of a synoptic overview of the whole readily diversified terrain. In filling this gap the The Sheed & Ward Anthology of Catholic Philosophy meets a real need. The editors deserve our congratulations for their thoughtful labors in producing the panorama of this fascinating and well-constructed anthology. (Nicholas Rescher)

Philosophizing about issues that have a bearing on matters of faith has been part of the Catholic tradition throughout its history. But it has heretofore been difficult to find a convenient "scenic outlook" from which to get something of a synoptic overview of the whole readily diversified terrain. In filling this gap the The Sheed & Ward Anthology of Catholic Philosophy meets a real need. The editors deserve our congratulations for their thoughtful labors in producing the panorama of this fascinating and well-constructed anthology. (Nicholas Rescher)

About the Author

James C. Swindal is associate professor of philosophy and chair of the philosophy department at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Harry J. Gensler, S.J. is professor of philosophy at John Carroll University.

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This is a great reader for anyone who wants a quick introduction to the Catholic philosophical tradition from ancient times to our own, with a particular focus on the Middle Ages and on contemporary American Catholic philosophers.. It presents a synthesis of Catholic philosophy, starting with its Greek and Jewish roots, moving through its medieval scholastic dialogues with Muslim Aristotelians Avicenna and Averroes, and finally concluding with contemporary philosophers like Charles Taylor. Each excerpt includes a tightly written commentary that introduces the source and its context. There are readings from a surprising amount of thinkers crammed into a relatively short text. The reader is arranged historically rather than topically, giving the reader a sense of broad developments in Catholic philosophy rather than a summary for each of the divisions (i.e. metaphysics, epistemology, etc.) of philosophy. This reader would make a good undergraduate or graduate college textbook. Jesuit Father Gensler and Professor Swindal have created a brisk, accessible, and comprehensive sample of readings. I'm not a fan of philosophy readers in general, as they tend to be more functionally useful (i.e. for citing sources in papers) than pedagogically instructive, but this is one of the best readers I've seen due to the excellent chapter introductions. This reader follows a logical plan and delivers only what it promises to deliver.
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