Intellectual Appeal of Catholicism and the Idea of a Catholic University, The
Paperback | 9780268011963 | September 2003
Hardcover | 9780268178611 | September 2003
eBook (PDF) | 9780268091866 | October 2020
Mark W. Roche presents a clear, precise, and positive view of the challenge and promise of a Catholic university. Roche makes visible the ideal of a Catholic university and illuminates in original ways the diverse, but interconnected, dimensions of Catholic identity. Roche’s vision of the distinct intellectual mission of a Catholic university will appeal to Catholics as well as to persons who are not Catholic but who may recognize through this essay the unexpected allure of a Catholic university.
Mark W. Roche is the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor of German Language and Literature and concurrent professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. From 1997 to 2008 Roche served as dean of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. His books include Realizing the Distinctive University: Vision and Values, Strategy and Culture (2017) and Why Choose the Liberal Arts? (2010), both published by the University of Notre Dame Press. Why Choose the Liberal Arts? received the 2012 Frederic W. Ness Book Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
“A deeply thoughtful articulation of an enduring and appealing ideal. It is an ideal with a resonance beyond the world of Catholic higher education for all in the academy who still respond to the beckoning vision of the ultimate unity of all human knowing and who view it, indeed, as a necessary inspiration if we are to succeed in according to our intellectual activities the sort of seriousness and moral significance they properly deserve.” ~Francis Oakley, President Emeritus, Williams College