By Kathleen A. Mulhern,Martha Hanna
As the technology 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 medical neighborhood. The dominant ideology of scientism in the highbrow institution of the 3rd Republic (1870-1940) collided with a transforming into 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 concept as a substitute within the philosophy of seventeenth-century scientist, mathematician, thinker, and Christian apologist Blaise Pascal.
These neo-Pascalians provided a substitute for the adverse courting among sleek tradition and orthodox Catholic religion, yet their rules got here to an abrupt and sour end once they ran afoul of Church authority. The narrative and contribution of the neo-Pascalians deals many insights and classes which could helpfully tell the modern debates surrounding the discussion among technology and religion.
"Kathleen Mulhern bargains a well-written and deeply documented research of ways the philosophy and theology of Blaise Pascal inspired definite 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 bearing on early glossy ecu highbrow heritage (particularly 3rd Republic France), the philosophy of technology, and the philosophy of faith. Readers drawn to all or any of those parts could be ably rewarded by way of learning this beneficial volume."
Professor of Philosophy
"Why Pascalian rules resonated for a neighborhood of French Catholic intellectuals on the finish of the 19th century and why their efforts to represent a philosophical approach that concurrently revered the accomplishments of technology, affirmed the life of God, and commemorated the autonomy of the person moral sense finally failed is the tale that past the Contingent unpacks with admirable rigor."
-from the Foreword by means of Martha Hanna
University of Colorado, Boulder
Kathleen Mulhern is an historian, author, educator, and the handling Editor at Patheos.com. She has taught at Regis college and Colorado tuition of Mines, and at present 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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Beyond the Contingent: Epistemological Authority, a Pascalian Revival, and the Religious Imagination in Third Republic France by Kathleen A. Mulhern,Martha Hanna