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Whither the Neo-Thomist Revival?

Whither the Neo-Thomist Revival? John F. X. Knasas My title is the question: "Whither the Neo-Thomist Revival?" I will answer the question from two perspectives. The first is the perspective of the history of philosophy. The second is the perspective of philosophy itself. This distinction of perspectives presupposes a distinction between the existence of ideas and the logic of ideas. In other words, history is not destiny such that the newer is the truer. Given the fact that biases and prejudices can affect thinkers themselves, perfectly good ways of thinking can be discarded for pernicious ways of thinking. Hence, every event in philosophy's history also calls for a philosophical estimate. The same will be true for the event of neo-Thomism. Before providing an answer in either sense, I need to elucidate the question itself by describing the meanings of its terms. By a "Thomist" I mean a philosopher or theologian who believes that his seminal, or core, ideas agree with those of the thirteenth-century 3:4 fall 2000 Dominican theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas, as that philosopher or theologian reads the Thomistic texts. This understanding of "Thomist" suffices to establish the Thomistic fraternity just as love of wisdom, as distinct from its actual possession, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture

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Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture
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John F. X. Knasas My title is the question: "Whither the Neo-Thomist Revival?" I will answer the question from two perspectives. The first is the perspective of the history of philosophy. The second is the perspective of philosophy itself. This distinction of perspectives presupposes a distinction between the existence of ideas and the logic of ideas. In other words, history is not destiny such that the newer is the truer. Given the fact that biases and prejudices can affect thinkers themselves, perfectly good ways of thinking can be discarded for pernicious ways of thinking. Hence, every event in philosophy's history also calls for a philosophical estimate. The same will be true for the event of neo-Thomism. Before providing an answer in either sense, I need to elucidate the question itself by describing the meanings of its terms. By a "Thomist" I mean a philosopher or theologian who believes that his seminal, or core, ideas agree with those of the thirteenth-century 3:4 fall 2000 Dominican theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas, as that philosopher or theologian reads the Thomistic texts. This understanding of "Thomist" suffices to establish the Thomistic fraternity just as love of wisdom, as distinct from its actual possession,

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Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and CultureLogos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture

Published: Nov 1, 2000

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