Frederick J. Crosson
Edited by Michael J. Crowe and Nicholas Ayo, C.S.C.Tribute by Mary Katherine TillmanIntroduction by Mark Moes
This volume gathers together ten philosophical essays by the late Frederick J. Crosson, scholar, author, and professor of philosophy in the Program of Liberal Studies and Department of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Themes common to all are the nature of religion and its forms, its genealogy, and its history. The essays treat a range of authors, notably St. Augustine, Hume, and Newman—and especially the influence of Cicero, as the primary pre-Christian source of natural law teaching, on each of them. Taken together, the essays are also a reflection on some of the many kinds of hidden rhetorical qualities and structures that shape texts and require interpretation.
“Frederick Crosson may be considered one of the most learned Catholic philosophers of his generation. An evercareful scholar, from the perspective of classical philosophy and, one may say, its medieval continuation, he has addressed some of the most pressing social and political issues of our day. Few possess his command of ancient and relevant modern texts in discussions of religion and its role in society. The depth of that learning is particularly evident in his review and assessment of Catholic social teaching since Leo XIII.” — Jude P. Dougherty, emeritus, Catholic University of America
“In these deeply insightful and original essays, Frederick Crosson explores the primary role of rhetoric—the art of persuasion—in teaching and learning about Truth. Crosson believes science cannot explain the full range of human experience. A brilliant rhetorician himself, he draws on thinkers from Cicero and Augustine to Hume and Alasdair MacIntyre to shed light on what we can know of Truth, and how rhetoric relates to ’phronesis’—the practical wisdom that most fully captures what it means to be human. Ten Philosophical Essays in the Christian Tradition is a unique and valuable contribution to the philosophy of mind.” — Katherine Kersten, Center of the American Experiment
“Ten Philosophical Essays in the Christian Tradition unfastens many mysteries of Christian faith. As a master teacher, Frederick Crosson shows us how to find the way ourselves, to look for clues in the structure of works of scripture, theology, and philosophy revealing their hidden and more complex messages. To deepen one’s faith by intellectual curiosity and reasoned exploration is not popular in our culture, but for those pricked by perennial questions of human existence and the paradoxes of theology there is balm and inspiration to be found in these essays and in the way of seeking they evince." — Susan O’Shaughnessy, Alwin C. Carus and M. Elisabeth Carus Professor of Philosophy, Concordia College
“Ten Philosophical Essays in the Christian Tradition presents to the scholarly world a volume of Frederick J. Crosson’s most original and significant writings. The essays move through the history of philosophy from antiquity to the present and will appeal to readers with an interest in the history of philosophy, especially political philosophy and philosophy of religion." — Roland J. Teske, S.J., emeritus, Marquette University
“A popular professor at Notre Dame, Crosson brilliantly articulated complex philosophical ideas to be understood by and of interest to a typical undergraduate while engaging his professional peers in the academy.” — Catholic Library World