By Kathleen A. Mulhern,Martha Hanna
As the technological know-how vs. faith rancor reached its early fury on the flip of the century, many religious French Catholic intellectuals struggled with the more and more dogmatic spirit in either the Roman Catholic Church and the clinical group. The dominant ideology of scientism in the highbrow institution of the 3rd Republic (1870-1940) collided with a becoming authoritarianism in the Church, expressed within the 1893 papal encyclical, Providentissimus. Physicist Pierre Duhem, thinker Maurice Blondel, and priest Lucien Laberthonniére rejected the Roman Catholic Church's Thomistic method and sought highbrow thought as a substitute within the philosophy of seventeenth-century scientist, mathematician, thinker, and Christian apologist Blaise Pascal.
These neo-Pascalians provided an alternative choice to the antagonistic dating among glossy tradition and orthodox Catholic religion, yet their rules got here to an abrupt and sour end after they ran afoul of Church authority. The narrative and contribution of the neo-Pascalians deals many insights and classes that may helpfully tell the modern debates surrounding the discussion among technology and religion.
"Kathleen Mulhern bargains a well-written and deeply documented learn of ways the philosophy and theology of Blaise Pascal prompted convinced later thinkers (the Pascalisants) of their reaction to the non secular and clinical controversies in their day. In so doing, she presents deep insights not just into Pascal's worldview, but additionally touching on early smooth ecu highbrow historical past (particularly 3rd Republic France), the philosophy of technological know-how, and the philosophy of faith. Readers drawn to all or any of those components should be ably rewarded via learning this useful volume."
Professor of Philosophy
"Why Pascalian ideas resonated for a neighborhood of French Catholic intellectuals on the finish of the 19th century and why their efforts to represent a philosophical method that concurrently revered the accomplishments of technological know-how, affirmed the life of God, and venerated the autonomy of the person moral sense eventually failed is the tale that past the Contingent unpacks with admirable rigor."
-from the Foreword by way of Martha Hanna
University of Colorado, Boulder
Kathleen Mulhern is an historian, author, educator, and the dealing with Editor at Patheos.com. She has taught at Regis collage and Colorado institution of Mines, and at present teaches Church heritage at Denver Seminary. She holds an M.A. in French Literature, an M.A. in Church background, and a Ph.D. in History.
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Beyond the Contingent: Epistemological Authority, a Pascalian Revival, and the Religious Imagination in Third Republic France by Kathleen A. Mulhern,Martha Hanna