School of Liberal Arts Event


On Thursday, Nov. 8, at 5:00 p.m., the Committee on Catholic Studies and the Marcellin Board for Catholic Activities will sponsor a lecture by Dr. Gregory Sadler of the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department entitled, “Reason Fulfilled by Revelation: The 1930s Christian Philosophy Debates in France.” The lecture will be in the Henry Hudson Room on the third floor of Fontaine Hall.

 Dr. Sadler will discuss the subject of his recent book, Reason Fulfilled by Revelation (CUA Press, 2011), the 1930s debates about the possibility and nature of Christian Philosophy.  These debates went on from 1931 to around 1936, and involved a number of important twentieth-century Catholic thinkers, particularly Maurice Blondel, Jacques Maritain, Gabriel Marcel, and Henri de Lubac. 

 Several central topics -- important not only for philosophy but also for religion and culture in modernity more generally --  were explored the course of the debates, topics later revisited explicitly in John Paul II’s Fides et Ratio and even Ex Corde Ecclesiae.  These include:  what philosophy in a full sense is or ought to be; what philosophy is not or cannot be; the border or relationship between philosophy and Christianity; whether Christianity made any distinctive contributions to philosophy; and how philosophy and Christianity can and do intersect in the Christian philosopher. Dr. Sadler will argue for the continued relevance of the debates and their core issues even in our quite different cultural situation.

 The lecture is free and open to the public, and all are welcome. Read more about the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies>