Book Review: A Student’s Guide To Philosophy

Edge Induced Cohesion

A Student’s Guide To Philosophy, by Ralph M. McInerny

In reading this book I was struck by the pro-Catholic nature of the author of the book, who forthrightly admitted he was a Thomist and whose defense of philosophy made it clear that this book is defending a Hellenistic view of Christianity.  While I stand a bit far removed from the author when it comes to matters of philosophy [1], this book was certainly an interesting and worthwhile one to read, to be sure, and it demonstrates that there is a lot to be gained from having a strong understanding of the history of philosophy.  Even as someone whose relationship with philosophy is more than a little bit ambivalent can recognize the fact that all of us are philosophers whether we know it or not, and that ancient philosophy, by beginning with what human beings knew in general, is a far…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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