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Cor ad cor loquitur: the philosophical personalism of John Henry Newman

Frey, Reed (2015) Cor ad cor loquitur: the philosophical personalism of John Henry Newman. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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John Henry Newman has been called the “pioneer of a new philosophy of the individual person and the personal life.” This statement captures Newman’s propensity towards principles usually associated with 20th century philosophical personalism: a firm commitment to the person and to the idea that personal experience should be the central starting point of any philosophical system. This study analyzes Newman’s personalism in relation to the personalism of Max Scheler, Dietrich Von Hildebrand, and Karol Wojtyła under five primary aspects: 1) the irreducibility of the person, (2) the importance of the affective sphere of the person, (3) the viability of the conscience as a guide to truth, (4) the importance of informal inference and (5) the importance of personal relationships and intersubjectivity. In explicating these ideas, it will become apparent that Newman has a deep respect for the interior, affective life of the person, and he believes that these interior sentiments and decisions proceeding from them can be justified without exterior or explicit proof. This leaves Newman open to the charge of subjectivism, which has been leveled at him by Jay Newman (of no relation). The second portion of this study will engage Jay Newman as an interlocutor, showing that his charge of subjectivism is untenable upon a careful examination of Newman’s thought. Newman will be further freed from the charge of subjectivism when his thought is contrasted with the thought of William James, who can be rightly understood as a subjectivist.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMcDermott, Ryanrjm95@pitt.eduRJM95
Committee ChairCrosby, John
Committee MemberRescher, Nicholasrescher@pitt.eduRESCHER
Committee MemberMilburn, Josephjcm55@pitt.eduJCM55
Date: 16 December 2015
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 16 October 2015
Approval Date: 16 December 2015
Submission Date: 18 October 2015
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 83
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Politics and Philosophy
David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: newman, john henry newman, scheler, max scheler, von hildebrand, Dietrich von hildebrand, wojtyła, karol wojtyła, john paul ii, pope john paul ii, personalism, affectivity, conscience, subjectivity, objectivity, irreducibility, philosophical anthropology, interiority, affect, implicit reason, epistemology, james, william james, will to believe, pragmatism, subjectivism, relativism, grammar of assent, development of doctrine, apologia pro vita sua, personalistic norm, kant, categorical imperative,
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2015 20:25
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:30


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