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The Philosophical Habit of Mind

Rhetoric and Person in John Henry Newman's Dublin Writings

Angelo Bottone

This is the first comprehensive study of John Henry Newman's works related to his foundation of a university in Ireland. It considers his Dublin Writings (1851-1859) in their totality and full meaning, in an attempt to show that they share a unity that is not merely chronological but also conceptual. It analyses Newman's volumes, articles and sermons produced while he was in residence in Dublin and explains the historical background that led to the establishment of the Catholic University of Ireland.

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  • This work offers an original exploration of the influences of philosophers such as Aristotle, Cicero and Locke on Newman's own thought. Aristotle's inspiration is presented in a new light and compared with Ciceronian rhetoric and the Utilitarianism of Locke and his followers. Moreover, the intellectual, moral and artistic dimensions of the human person in Newman's Dublin Writings are discussed, in conjunction with his concepts of the unity of knowledge and of the philosophical habit of mind. The final chapter is the author's reflection on the issues that Newman raised, with reference to the development of university education and to contemporary thinkers such as Derrida and MacIntyre.


    · ISBN: 978-973-1997-62-9 (ebook) · Online access on this site · Published 2010 ·
    · ISBN: 978-973-1997-61-2 (paperback) · Print and eBook options available from Zeta Books ·


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