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Personalism and Scholasticism

Cowburn, John (2005) Personalism and Scholasticism. Marquette University Press. 211pp. ISBN 874626633

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Abstract

This book is highly personal and I shall begin by saying who I am. I was born in Australia in 1927 and I entered the Society of Jesus in 1945. In 1947-49 I was taught Thomistic philosophy and was good at it. I then studied physics at Melbourne University and obtained a science degree. In the late nineteen-fifties I studied theology in Innsbruck and in the sixties I studied post-graduate philosophy in Louvain and Innsbruck, where I wrote a thesis on love. During this time, besides Karl Rahner's theology I discovered Martin Buber and Personalism. At first I added the new to the old, and in my thesis and in a book, Love and the Person (published in 1967), I proposed a synthesis of Thomism and Personalism. This helped a number of scholastically-trained people to accept personalist ideas, precisely because it did not ask them to reject Scholasticism, only to add Personalism to it. When in the sixties and seventies I taught philosophy, I found myself using Scholasticism less and less and I came to see defects in it. These have become more and more clear to me and this book is the result of long reflection on them. I expect it to be said that I have caricatured Scholasticism, or that what I say is true only of the most primitive "school Scholasticism"; in reply to this I ask readers to study the quotations which I give, which come from Thomas Aquinas, and leading twentieth-century Scholastic thinkers, and to judge them for themselves.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Philosophy, scholasticism, personalism, Christian doctrine
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220315 Philosophy of Religion
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): A - Philosophy
C - Systematic Theology
Association with University of Divinity: UFT-JTC: United Faculty of Theology - Jesuit Theological College
Depositing User: Repository Manager
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2009 12:45
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2012 13:19
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/90

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