Seeking the Truth
An Orestes Brownson Anthology
Brownson's life, in its several phases, turns, and allegiances, has remained noteworthy for his rejection of modern pragmatism's aim to obtain material comfort in service of man's desires, while deemphasizing deeper concerns for philosophical and spiritual truth. Brownson's writings, born from his existential wranglings were, therefore, addressed to our authentic human longings to know the truth about ourselves.
If much of late modern thought can be characterized as dualistic, fractured, and subjective, Brownson's questing was that of a modern intellectual using modern philosophical resources in dialogue with pre-modern and classical sources to recover the dialectical whole of knowledge. Therefore the intellectual quest must contemplate the natural and the supernatural, reason and faith, religion and science, the various levels and forms of political authority, the beginning and end of man, and the relationships that exist among these sets of inquiries. Resulting from Brownson's study of these universal questions is also a particular application of his learning. Brownson, unlike almost any other American figure, illumined the promises and the limitations of American institutions while also seeking to edify its experiment with republican self-government.
This anthology collection will be of great use for academics, graduate and undergraduate students, seminarians, and educated lay readers. the significance of Seeking the Truth is how it allows the reader to walk with Brownson through his intellectual journey and gain a further understanding of one of the best social, political, and religious thinkers of the nineteenth century.
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"With the publication of this wonderfully comprehensive anthology, the full range of Orestes Brownson's contribution is here for all to see. A quintessential seeker after truth, the younger Brownson was fully committed to humanitarianism, a pantheistic version of religion, and an American version of what came to be called liberation theology. The mature Brownson, in contrast, defended constitutionalism and republicanism rooted in the clearest sense that man is not God. A Catholic defender of religious liberty, he knew that human self-sovereignty led to self-enslavement. His plea that the 'rights of man' acknowledge the 'rights of God' is as relevant as ever. And Richard Reinsch's learned and ample introductory essay gives us full access to the man, the thinker, and the indefatigable seeker after truth. -"—Daniel J. Mahoney, Assumption College
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