Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cardinal Mercier on the Importance of a Sound Philosophy

Gentlemen, it is just because the philosophy that forms our intellectual environment so easily influences our whole being that it is so important that the student and seeker after truth should be equipped with a sound philosophy. Yes, a philosophy that grips facts and holds fast to them when it is brought into play in the domain of metaphysics, where it soars to the absolute. The philosophy of Aristotle, developed and defined by St. Thomas Aquinas, has pre-eminently the characteristic of healthy, sound realism.


Source: Cardinal Désiré-Joseph Mercier, Modernism, trans. by Marian Lindsay (St. Louis, MO: B. Herder Book Co., 1912), accessed June 30, 2015, chapter 1, http://www.catholicapologetics.info/modernproblems/modernism/mermodernism.htm.

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