Chapter Five: Pope Leo XIII and His Legacy

Luis Cortest

in The Disfigured Face

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228539
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235681 | DOI:

Series: Moral Philosophy and Moral Theology

Chapter Five: Pope Leo XIII and His Legacy

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This chapter discusses the restoration of Christian philosophy through the works of Pope Leo XIII, particularly in his encyclical letter Aeterni Patris. As Pope Leo XII understands it, Christian philosophy is philosophy guided by revelation. He believes that faith could guide reason and that this philosophy would strengthen faith. Leo XIII suggests that Christian philosophy is the best possible philosophy. He is most impressed with the thought of Thomas Aquinas that he holds that the principles established by Thomas could guide Christian philosophers. The chapter argues that it is Leo XIII who proclaimed Thomism the official philosophy of Catholic teachers. For Leo, only those who obey God and follow his commands are free men. The chapter concludes that not many philosophers have defended the dignity of the human person and the family with as much passion as Leo XIII.

Keywords: Aeterni Patris; Pope Leo XIII; Christian philosophy; Thomism; faith; reason; human dignity

Chapter.  4136 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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