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Faith, realism and universal reason: MacIntyrean reflections on Fides et Ratio
Umeå University.
2018 (English)In: Nova et vetera, ISSN 0029-5027, E-ISSN 1542-7315, Vol. 16, no 4, p. 1313-1336Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, I do two things. First, I will argue – drawing extensively on Alasdair MacIntyre’s analysis of Fides et Ratio – that the doctrine of Thomistic realism is entailed by the encyclical’s portrait of the human being as a seeker of truth. Fides et Ratio can therefore be read as a philosophical argument in favor of realism, starting from the premise that humans are essentially “philosophizing animals”. With the purpose of highlighting the contemporary importance of the pope’s message, I will then reflect on the consequences – philosophical and cultural – of rejecting the encyclical’s portrait of human nature and the Thomistic realism it implies.

Second, I will ask whether the encyclical’s optimism about reason’s ability to attain universal truth is tenable in light of the alleged demise of “foundationalism” and the contemporary suspicion – persuasively voiced by MacIntyre – against “universal standards of rationality”. Is the pope’s belief in the viability of perennial philosophy and the universality of reason blue-eyed?

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Steubenville: Catholic university of America Press , 2018. Vol. 16, no 4, p. 1313-1336
Keywords [en]
Faith and reason, Fides et Ratio, metaphysical realism, truth, Thomism, foundationalism, St. John Paul II, Alasdair MacIntyre, theistic arguments
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Religious Studies
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Studies In Faiths and Ideologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152357DOI: 10.1353/nov.2018.0048ISI: 000457399300011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-152357DiVA, id: diva2:1253157
Available from: 2018-10-03 Created: 2018-10-03 Last updated: 2019-02-20Bibliographically approved

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