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The Way toward Wisdom: An Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Introduction to Metaphysics (ND Thomistic Studies) Hardcover – July 31, 2006

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"In The Way toward Wisdom: An Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Introduction to Metaphysics . . . Father Ashley explains why only metaphysics has a legitimate claim to being the university's unifying academic discipline. Without it, universities have no 'way toward wisdom'. . . . Father Ashley's book is a gift, a patient exposition of human wisdom, proceeding from the best of the Catholic intellectual tradition." —The British Columbia Catholic

“In summarizing and synthesizing the best of Neothomism and the range of developments of modern scientific and cultural studies, Ashley’s work brings to a close the late modern involvement of Thomism as ‘Neothomism’ by opening the way to a postmodern era for philosophy and intellectual culture as a whole, an era within which we may expect to see yet another epoch of Thomistic development . . .” —American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly

About the Author

Benedict M. Ashley, O.P., is emeritus professor of moral theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis. Among his publications are Health Care Ethics, with Kevin O'Rourke, O.P., Justice in the Church, Truth in Love, and Theologies of the Body.


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Product Details

  • Series: ND Thomistic Studies
  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1 edition (July 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268020280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268020286
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,556,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Thomas Riplinger on January 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It is amazing how much information has been packed into this book. it is not only a presentation of Metaphysics in the strict sense, but it also contains important contributions to the History of Philosophy and of Religion, the Philosophy of Natural Science, Mathematics and Ethics, and the process of education.
Ashley is one of the founding fathers of the "River Forest School" of Thomism and is by far its most proliferous exponent. The basic conviction and premise of this school, is that the Aristotelian scientific methodology, as further developed by Aquinas in his commentaries on Aristotle, continues to be valid and applicable within the perspective of the modern empirical natural and social sciences [For a detailed exposition of this view see William A Wallace, "The Modeling of Nature: Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Nature in Synthesis", Washington: Catholic University Press, 1996]. Thus Ashley argues, in this book, for a Metaphysics understood as a unitive "meta-science" to mediate the contemporary discussions of the problems of interdisciplinarity and interculturality. In particular, Ashley addresses Secular Humanism as the state of mind prevailing in the Anglo-Saxon academic world, challenging it to a dialog with other modes of Western and Eastern thought and religious belief.
Ashley sees Metaphysics as being firmly rooted in empirical natural science, rather than in some intuition of being or some abstraction from sensible experience. He understands science as the explanation of empirically perceived sensible reality by the discovery of underlying causes, insisting that properties of a subject under discussion be established by observation, not by deductive reasoning from some putative abstract essences.
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Amazing book that is a must for anyone looking to increase their knowledge on metaphysics.
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