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The Nature of Political Philosophy

And Other Studies and Commentaries

In his final collection of essays, Father Schall explores the life of faith across a dazzling array of subjects, from Martin Luther to bioethics. With his characteristic patience, brilliance, and careful tenacity, Father Schall interrogates profoundly what it means to try to be a citizen of the Kingdom of God in the city of Man. Never shying away from controversy, across 14 articles and 4 book reviews Father Schall investigates the critical themes of his life and scholarship: reason and revelation; the nature of modernity; literature and salvation; metaphysics and politics; and much more.

Whether the reader is new to Father Schall or a longtime student, this posthumously-published collection of essays offers a profound meditation on the nature of political philosophy, and particularly what it would mean for Catholicism to offer a political philosophy. From such fundamental considerations, Schall explores ethical, literary and legal themes, displaying his typical breadth and depth of engagement with all that is real.

Ultimately, Father Schall leads one on a Socratic enterprise, an education whereby one comes to question for oneself basic assumptions, and to dig deeper into the first principles as they are recalled in the orders of knowledge and being. While Father Schall has passed on to his reward, this collection of essays helps ensure that his lessons continue to guide, challenge and enrich students for generations to come.

About the Author

James V. Schall, SJ, (1928-2019) was an American Jesuit Roman Catholic priest, teacher, writer, and philosopher. William McCormick, SJ, is assistant professor of political science at St. Louis University and the author of The Christian Structure of Politics: On the De Regno of Thomas Aquinas (CUA Press). José Maria J. Yulo is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, CA.


"Throughout the book, one cannot help but be aware that one is experiencing the privilege of listening in on the thoughts of a lively and capacious mind looking back on a lifetime of contemplation of God, the soul, and political life. Schall writes with lucidity, great intelligence, and that seemingly effortless erudition which is often attempted but rarely achieved"—J. Budziszewski, University of Texas at Austin
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The Universe We Think In

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Priests, Lawyers, and Scholars

edited by Stefanus Hendrianto, foreword by James V. Schall
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