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Intention, Character, and Double Effect

by Lawrence Masek University of Notre Dame Press (October 30, 2018)

The principle of double effect has a long history, from scholastic disputations about self-defense and scandal to current debates about terrorism, torture, euthanasia, and abortion. Despite being widely debated,...


René Girard and the Nonviolent God

by Scott Cowdell University of Notre Dame Press (November 30, 2018)

In his latest book on the ground-breaking work of René Girard (1923–2015), Scott Cowdell sets out a new perspective on mimetic theory and theology: he develops the proposed connection between Girardian thought...


The Kingdom of Man

by Rémi Brague & Paul Seaton University of Notre Dame Press (October 30, 2018)

Was humanity created, or do humans create themselves? In this eagerly awaited English translation of Le Règne de l’homme, the last volume of Rémi Brague's trilogy on the philosophical development of anthropology...


The Infinity of God

by Benedikt Paul Göcke & Christian Tapp University of Notre Dame Press (November 30, 2018)

Two questions regarding contemporary theological and philosophical studies are often overlooked: “Is God infinite or finite?” and, “What does it mean to say that God is infinite?” In The Infinity of...


The Architecture of Law

by Brian M. McCall University of Notre Dame Press (May 30, 2018)

What is law? How should law be made? Using St. Thomas Aquinas’s analogy of God as an architect, Brian McCall argues that classical natural law jurisprudence provides an answer to these questions far superior...


Augustine Our Contemporary

by Willemien Otten & Susan E. Schreiner University of Notre Dame Press (May 30, 2018)

In the massive literature on the idea of the self, the Augustinian influence has often played a central role. The volume Augustine Our Contemporary, starting from the compelling first essay by David W. Tracy,...


Metaphysical Perspectives

by Nicholas Rescher University of Notre Dame Press (December 15, 2017)

In Metaphysical Perspectives, Nicholas Rescher offers a grand vision of how to conceptualize, and in some cases answer, some of the most fundamental issues in metaphysics and value theory. Rescher addresses...


What Is Ethically Demanded?

by Hans Fink & Robert Stern University of Notre Dame Press (June 15, 2017)

This collection of essays by leading international philosophers considers central themes in the ethics of Danish philosopher Knud Ejler Løgstrup (1905–1981). Løgstrup was a Lutheran theologian much influenced...


St. Thomas Aquinas

by Ralph McInerny University of Notre Dame Press (March 15, 1982)

St. Thomas Aquinas enables the reader to appreciate both Thomas's continuity with earlier thought and his creative independence. After a useful account of the life and work of St. Thomas, McInerny shows how...


Contemplation in a World of Action

by Thomas Merton University of Notre Dame Press (February 15, 1998)

The spiritual and psychological insights of these essays were nurtured in a monastic milieu, but their issues are universally human. Thomas Merton lays a foundation for personal growth and transformation through...


Way Toward Wisdom, The

by Benedict M. Ashley, O.P. University of Notre Dame Press (July 31, 2006)

Once thought to be the task of metaphysics, the synthesis of knowledge has been discounted by many philosophers today. Benedict Ashley, a leading Thomistic scholar, argues that it remains a valid and intellectually...


Disarming Beauty

by Julian Carron University of Notre Dame Press (May 01, 2017)

In 2005, Father Julián Carrón became the leader of the global ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation, following the death of the movement's founder, Father Luigi Giussani. Disarming Beauty is the English...


Concern for the Other

by Svend Andersen & Kees van Kooten Niekerk University of Notre Dame Press (December 11, 2007)

In Concern for the Other: The Ethics of K. E. Løgstrup, eleven scholars examine the structure, intention, and originality of Løgstrup's ethics as a whole. This collection of essays is a companion to Beyond...


Treatise on the Virtues

by Thomas Aquinas & John A. Oesterle University of Notre Dame Press (June 01, 1992)

In his Treatise on the Virtues, Aquinas discusses the character and function of habit; the essence, subject, cause, and meaning of virtue; and the separate intellectual, moral, cardinal, and theological virtues....


Treatise on Happiness

by Thomas Aquinas & John A. Oesterle University of Notre Dame Press (January 01, 1984)

The Treatise on Happiness and the accompanying Treatise on Human Acts comprise the first twenty-one questions of I-II of the Summa Theologiae. From his careful consideration of what true happiness is, to his...


Marxism and Christianity

by Alasdair MacIntyre University of Notre Dame Press (March 15, 1984)

Contending that Marxism achieved its unique position in part by adopting the content and functions of Christianity, MacIntyre details the religious attitudes and modes of belief that appear in Marxist doctrine...


Action (1893): Essay on a Critique of Life and a Science of Practice

by Maurice Blondel & Oliva Blanchette University of Notre Dame Press (November 30, 1984)

Action was once a prominent theme in philosophical reflection. It figured prominently in Aristotelian philosophy, and the medieval Scholastics built some of their key adages around it. But by the time Maurice...


Augustine and the Cure of Souls: Revising a Classical Ideal

by Paul R. Kolbet University of Notre Dame Press (March 11, 2009)

Augustine and the Cure of Souls situates Augustine within the ancient philosophical tradition of using words to order emotions. Paul Kolbet uncovers a profound continuity in Augustine's thought, from his earliest...


Rationality in Science, Religion, and Everyday Life: A Critical Evaluation of Four Models of Rationality

by Mikael Stenmark University of Notre Dame Press (September 15, 2016)

Mikael Stenmark examines four models of rationality and argues for a discussion of rationality that takes into account the function and aim of such human practices as science and religion.


An Essay in Aid of A Grammar of Assent

by John Henry Cardinal Newman & Nicholas Lash University of Notre Dame Press (October 31, 1992)

This classic of Christian apologetics seeks to persuade the skeptic that there are good reasons to believe in God even though it is impossible to understand the deity fully. First written over a century ago,...


The Golden Cord: A Short Book on the Secular and the Sacred

by Charles Taliaferro University of Notre Dame Press (November 15, 2012)

The title of Charles Taliaferro's book is derived from poems and stories in which a person in peril or on a quest must follow a cord or string in order to find the way to happiness, safety, or home. In one of...


A Framework for the Good

by Kevin Kinghorn University of Notre Dame Press (April 15, 2016)

This book provides an ethical framework for understanding the good and how we can experience it in increasing measure. In Part 1, Kevin Kinghorn offers a formal analysis of the meaning of the term "good," the...


The Myth of Religious Neutrality, Revised Edition: An Essay on the Hidden Role of Religious Belief in Theories

by Roy A. Clouser University of Notre Dame Press (May 15, 2005)

Written for undergraduates, the educated layperson, and scholars in fields other than philosophy, The Myth of Religious Neutrality offers a radical reinterpretation of the general relations between religion,...


René Girard and Secular Modernity: Christ, Culture, and Crisis

by Scott Cowdell University of Notre Dame Press (June 30, 2013)

In René Girard and Secular Modernity: Christ, Culture, and Crisis, Scott Cowdell provides the first systematic interpretation of René Girard's controversial approach to secular modernity. Cowdell identifies...


Four Cardinal Virtues, The: Human Agency, Intellectual Traditions, and Responsible Knowledge

by Josef Pieper University of Notre Dame Press (March 31, 1990)

In The Four Cardinal Virtues, Joseph Pieper delivers a stimulating quartet of essays on the four cardinal virtues. He demonstrates the unsound overvaluation of moderation that has made contemporary morality...


The Writings of Charles De Koninck: Volume 1

by Charles De Koninck & Ralph McInerny University of Notre Dame Press (March 15, 2016)

The Writings of Charles De Koninck, volumes 1 and 2, present the first English editions of collected works of the Catholic Thomist philosopher Charles De Koninck (1906-1965). Ralph McInerny (1929-2010) was the...


The Writings of Charles De Koninck: Volume 2

by Charles De Koninck & Ralph McInerny University of Notre Dame Press (March 15, 2016)

The Writings of Charles De Koninck, Volumes 1 and 2, present the first English editions of the collected works of the Catholic Thomist philosopher Charles De Koninck (1906-1965). Ralph McInerny (1929-2010) was...


God's Grace and Human Action: Merit' in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas

by Joseph P. Wawrykow University of Notre Dame Press (February 28, 2016)

Offering a fresh approach to one significant aspect of the soteriology of Thomas Aquinas, God's Grace and Human Action brings new scholarship and insights to the issue of merit in Aquinas's theology. Through...


Desire, Faith, and the Darkness of God: Essays in Honor of Denys Turner

by Eric Bugyis & David Newheiser University of Notre Dame Press (November 02, 2015)

The essays engage classic Christian thought alongside literary and philosophical sources ranging from Pseudo-Dionysius and Dante to Karl Marx and Jacques Derrida. Building on the work of Denys Turner, they indicate...


Hell: The Logic of Damnation

by Jerry L. Walls University of Notre Dame Press (August 31, 1992)

Jerry L. Walls cogently argues that some traditional views of hell are still defensible and can be believed with intellectual and moral integrity. Focusing on the issues from the standpoint of philosophical...


The Ethical Demand

by Knud Ejler Løgstrup & Hans Fink University of Notre Dame Press (February 15, 1997)

Knud Ejler Løgstrup's The Ethical Demand is the most original influential Danish contribution to moral philosophy in this century. this is the first time that the complete text has been available in English...


Machiavelli, Leonardo, and the Science of Power

by Roger D. Masters University of Notre Dame Press (July 09, 1996)

In recent years, Niccolò Machiavelli's works have been viewed primarily with historical interest as analysis of the tactics used by immoral political officials. Roger D. Masters, a leading expert in the relationship...


The Person and the Common Good

by Jacques Maritain & John J. Fitzgerald University of Notre Dame Press (April 22, 1994)

Presenting with moving insight the relations between man, as a person and as an individual, and the society of which he is a part, Maritain's treatment of a lasting topic speaks to this generation as well as...


Freedom and Tradition in Hegel: Reconsidering Anthropology, Ethics, and Religion

by Thomas A. Lewis University of Notre Dame Press (May 12, 2005)

Freedom and Tradition in Hegel stands at the intersection of three vital currents in contemporary ethics: debates over philosophical anthropology and its significance for ethics, reevaluations of tradition and...


The Problem of Evil: Selected Readings, Second Edition

by Michael L. Peterson University of Notre Dame Press (November 15, 2016)

Of all the issues in the philosophy of religion, the problem of reconciling belief in God with evil in the world arguably commands more attention than any other. For over two decades, Michael L. Peterson's The...


René Girard, Unlikely Apologist: Mimetic Theory and Fundamental Theology

by Grant Kaplan University of Notre Dame Press (August 20, 2016)

Since the late 1970s, theologians have been attempting to integrate mimetic theory into different fields of theology, yet a distrust of mimetic theory persists in some theological camps. In René Girard, Unlikely...