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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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The Universality of a Christian Philosophy

The Universality of a Christian Philosophy

(p.123) Eight The Universality of a Christian Philosophy
Thinking about Thinking

Adriaan T. Peperazak

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines two questions: To what extent is philosophy necessarily universal? Does the philosophy of those who belong to the worldwide community of Christians (the Catholica) distinguish itself in this respect? Beginning with some remarks about the universality of philosophy, the chapter also considers the relationship between philosophy and faith by focusing especially on its Christian versions. It argues that Christian philosophers are necessarily influenced by their faith and that the authenticity of Christian philosophers is not endangered by their faith commitment. The universality of philosophy can be approached from various angles, such as its subject matter, its claim, its audience, the thinker, its method, its language, and the soil from which it emerges.

Keywords:   philosophy, universality, Christians, faith, philosophers, subject matter, audience, language

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