A Change in “Tone” in Gilson’s Notion of Christian Philosophy Cover Image

Zmiana „tonu” w Gilsona pojęciu filozofii chrześcijańskiej
A Change in “Tone” in Gilson’s Notion of Christian Philosophy

Author(s): Richard J. Fafara
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: International Étienne Gilson Society
Keywords: Étienne Gilson; Christian philosophy; theology; postmodernism

Summary/Abstract: The author undertakes four points: (a) There was no major change in Gilson’s position on Christian philosophy as it was defined and justified in his 1931 Gifford Lectures and later developed in the sixties. (b) During the 1960s, Gilson’s Christian philosophy placed more emphasis on its Christian aspect, faith guiding reason. Earlier formulations emphasized philosophy searching within the faith for what can become rational. (c) During the 1960s Gilson emphasized faith and the Church as the guardian of Christian philosophy, expressed a relative indifference to the validity of rational proofs for the existence of God, and empathized with those accepting questionable philosophical approaches to understand the faith. (d) Gilson’s Christian philosophy fits into the framework of post-modernism.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 15-28
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish