Philosophy as Mediation between Faith and Culture

Adriaan T. Peperazak

in Thinking about Thinking

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780823240173
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240210 | DOI:
Philosophy as Mediation between Faith and Culture

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Mediation is needed when two or more parties are engaged in a conflict that they cannot overcome by their own efforts alone. Are Catholic faith and the dominant culture of our epoch engaged in such a conflict, and is philosophy capable of playing a role in its resolution? The greatest failure of postmedieval culture is its progressive elimination of God from the practical and theoretical scene. The Catholic Church is in deep disagreement with much of the dominant culture with regard to social justice, the arms race and war, the death penalty, sexuality, marriage, and abortion. If reconciliation or compromise between faith and the dominant culture is possible, and if philosophers are asked to mediate between the parties, what could we then expect from them? In dealing with this question, this chapter focuses on philosophers who are also Catholic (or, rather, on Catholics who are also good philosophers), and also discusses “natural reason” and theology.

Keywords: philosophy; mediation; faith; culture; natural reason; theology; God; Catholic Church; philosophers; Catholics

Chapter.  12135 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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