Reason Fulfilled by Revelation: The 1930s Christian Philosophy Debates in France

Reason Fulfilled by Revelation

Book Title: Reason Fulfilled by Revelation: The 1930s Christian Philosophy Debates in France

Author(s): Gregory B. Sadler

Category: History

Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press, Year: 2011

ISBN: 0813217210,9780813217215


Reason Fulfilled by Revelation: Early in the 1930s, a number of French Catholic and secular philosophers debated the question of the meaning, even the very possibility, of Christian philosophy. Positions articulated during these debates provided intellectual background to debates about nature and grace, and the interaction of philosophy and theology that informed theological debate before and during the Second Vatican Council. These questions continue to be raised in the theological debate today.

Reason Fulfilled by Revelation. This selection of previously untranslated documents from the French debates about Christian philosophy provides a long-needed complement to available English-language literature on the subject. These documents show that the debates were highly complex, involved multiple sides, and prompted the development of certain participants’ positions. Four of Maurice Blondel’s contributions are included, as are selections by Gabriel Marcel, Etienne Gilson, and Fernand Van Steenbergen, among others. A detailed historical introduction provides much-needed background to these intertwined debates.

The editor’s thematic outline of seventeen different participants’ positions and engagements includes but also goes beyond the selections translated in the volume. It provides a full and balanced treatment of the numerous participants and sets the complex intellectual context for understanding the positions, issues, and main personalities of the debate. A chronological bibliography of literature comprising and commenting on the debates and their issues is also included and will serve as an invaluable aid to further scholarship.

Gregory B. Sadler is an assistant professor of philosophy at Fayetteville State University and associate editor of the Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry.

Reason Fulfilled by Revelation

“Sadler provides non-Francophone readers with a more complete understanding of the first phase of an important philosophical debate that has been ongoing for more than seventy-five years. In order to fill in the gaps, he makes available previously untranslated documents, many of which make the greatest contribution to the debate.”―Peter Redpath, professor of philosophy, St. John’s University

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