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Becoming What We Are

Classical and Christian Readings of Modernity

Becoming What We Are is a collection of essays and reviews written in the last decade by the late Jude Dougherty, which covey a perspective on contemporary events and literature, written from a classical and Christian perspective. These essays convey a worldview much in need of restating when, according to Dougherty, Western society seems to have lost its bearings, in its legislative assemblies and in its judicial systems as well. Dougherty writes as a philosopher, specifically as one who has devoted most of his life to the study of metaphysics.

In these pages Dougherty examines the Jacobians, the empirical world of Hume, Locke and Hobbes, and Kant, the metaphysics of Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics and Aquinas that opens one to God and provides on with a moral compass, and critiques the work of Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and John Dewey.

Becoming What We Are spends some time inquiring into the character of a few great men viz. George Washington, Charles De Gaulle and Moses Maimonides. Dougherty draws upon and shows respect for numerous contemporary authors who are engaged in research and analysis similar to his. The intent is, with the aid of others to restate some ancient but neglected truths. But more than that to show that true science is possible, that nature and human nature yield to human enquiry, that science is not to be confused with description and prediction.

About the Author

Jude P. Dougherty (1930-2021) was Dean Emeritus of the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America, and served as Editor-in-Chief of The Review of Metaphysics for forty-four years.


"Serves as a model for personal reflection, coming from a formidable scholar, both on an impressive range of academic studies, literature, and also on contentious current events."—James G. Hanink, editor of In Search of Harmony: Metaphysics and Politics

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Other Titles by Jude P. Dougherty

The Psychology of Character

Rudolf Allers, foreword by Jude P. Dougherty, translated by Eric Benjamin Strauss
Feb 2022 - The Catholic University of America Press
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Jude P Dougherty
Jan 2018 - The Catholic University of America Press
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The Nature of Scientific Explanation

Jude P. Dougherty
Jan 2013 - The Catholic University of America Press
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Numinous Seditions

Tim Lilburn
Nov 2023 - University of Alberta Press
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The Philosophy of John Henry Newman and Pragmatism

Marial Corona, foreword by Frederick D Aquino
Aug 2023 - The Catholic University of America Press
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Intersubjective Existence

Oliva Blanchette
Jun 2023 - The Catholic University of America Press
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