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 neighborhood. 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 notion in its place within the philosophy of seventeenth-century scientist, mathematician, thinker, and Christian apologist Blaise Pascal.
These neo-Pascalians provided an alternative choice to the antagonistic courting among smooth tradition and orthodox Catholic religion, yet their principles got here to an abrupt and sour end once they ran afoul of Church authority. The narrative and contribution of the neo-Pascalians bargains many insights and classes which may helpfully tell the modern debates surrounding the discussion among technology and religion.
"Kathleen Mulhern bargains a well-written and deeply documented learn of the way the philosophy and theology of Blaise Pascal encouraged sure later thinkers (the Pascalisants) of their reaction to the spiritual and medical controversies in their day. In so doing, she offers deep insights not just into Pascal's worldview, but additionally relating early glossy eu highbrow historical past (particularly 3rd Republic France), the philosophy of technology, and the philosophy of faith. Readers attracted to all or any of those components could be ably rewarded by means of learning this important volume."
Professor of Philosophy
"Why Pascalian rules resonated for a group of French Catholic intellectuals on the finish of the 19th century and why their efforts to represent a philosophical approach that at the same time revered the accomplishments of technology, affirmed the lifestyles of God, and commemorated the autonomy of the person judgment of right and wrong finally failed is the tale that past the Contingent unpacks with admirable rigor."
-from the Foreword through Martha Hanna
University of Colorado, Boulder
Kathleen Mulhern is an historian, author, educator, and the coping with Editor at Patheos.com. She has taught at Regis collage and Colorado tuition of Mines, and at the moment teaches Church background at Denver Seminary. She holds an M.A. in French Literature, an M.A. in Church heritage, and a Ph.D. in History.
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