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Adriaan T. Peperzak

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240173

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240173.001.0001

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Philosophy as Mediation between Faith and Culture

Philosophy as Mediation between Faith and Culture

(p.162) Ten Philosophy as Mediation between Faith and Culture
Thinking about Thinking

Adriaan T. Peperazak

Fordham University Press

Mediation is needed when two or more parties are engaged in a conflict that they cannot overcome by their own efforts alone. Are Catholic faith and the dominant culture of our epoch engaged in such a conflict, and is philosophy capable of playing a role in its resolution? The greatest failure of postmedieval culture is its progressive elimination of God from the practical and theoretical scene. The Catholic Church is in deep disagreement with much of the dominant culture with regard to social justice, the arms race and war, the death penalty, sexuality, marriage, and abortion. If reconciliation or compromise between faith and the dominant culture is possible, and if philosophers are asked to mediate between the parties, what could we then expect from them? In dealing with this question, this chapter focuses on philosophers who are also Catholic (or, rather, on Catholics who are also good philosophers), and also discusses “natural reason” and theology.

Keywords:   philosophy, mediation, faith, culture, natural reason, theology, God, Catholic Church, philosophers, Catholics

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