FOR THE LOVE OF WISDOM
AN EXPLANATION OF THE MEANING AND PURPOSE OF PHILOSOPHY
The present work aims to explain the true meaning and purpose of our philosophical heritage and to show the difference between wisdom and its counterfeits.
Philosophical truths comprise not only the truths attained by the Greeks, but also those that philosophers have rationally established under the influence of Christianity.
The writings of modern philosophers — Malebranche, Spinoza, Hume, Kant and even Marx — all betray the profound influence of Christianity in their thoughts. Modern philosophy could not have been what it was, if there had been no Christian religion. Therefore, besides being untrue to its historical roots, the deliberate denial of Christian influence in the work of reason retards philosophy's growth and unnecessarily exposes the human mind to the pitfalls of reason. As the eminent historian of philosophy, Etienne Gilson, noted, the errors of Greek philosophy are precisely the errors into which a philosophy, unaided by Christian revelation, falls.
The purpose of this book is to help young and old, high school seniors and college professors learn to love and to cherish the wisdom of the Masters and, if possible, to continue the great tradition that has brought us this valuable inheritance.
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