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Mariano Fazio and F.F. Labastida

A History of Contemporary Philosophy

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This new survey of recent philosophical thought, ranging from Romanticism to Post-Modernism, provides a critical resource for today’s serious student of Western Philosophy. The authors write from a classical and Christian perspective. While they are consistently fair in their treatment of the wide diversity of thinkers of the past two centuries, they maintain a helpful critical focus throughout. They see that the cultural challenge of our times involves the choice between two opposing views of man, who is either a being alone in the universe and closed in upon himself, or a person open to transcendence. Their discussions guide the reader gently and persuasively to the conclusion that only the latter view accords with the constants of the human spirit.

Mariano Fazio is a graduate of history, holds a Ph.D. in philosophy, and is the author of several books of philosophy. He is a former rector of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and a past president of the Council of Rectors of Pontifical Roman Universities (2002 to 2008).

Francisco Fernandez Labastida studied chemical engineering and obtained his Ph.D. in philosophy from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, where he taught a course in the history of contemporary philosophy.

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