Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Mind That Is Catholic: Philosophical & Political Essays

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Mind That Is Catholic: Philosophical & Political Essays

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THE MIND THAT IS CATHOLIC: PHILOSOPHICAL & POLITICAL ESSAYS by James V Schall Catholic University of America Press, 352 pages, $34.95

For decades Fr. Schall has enlightened and entertained readers as one of America's most prolific Catholic authors. Now an octogenarian, Schall has collected twenty-two essays that exhibit the essence of the Catholic mind: "to be open to all things, including those things revealed to us, insofar as we can grasp them."

The essays range from discussions of Catholic thought to political philosophy, friendship, and law. The inclusion of "Sports and Philosophy" alongside "The Ultimate Meaning of Existence" is not an accident For Schall, "someone who finds no fascination in watching games is probably much farther away from what is highest in our human experience than someone who does," because "games, like ourselves, exist for their own sakes. …

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