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New book from IPS Press “Builds a Bridge” between Psychology and Philosophy

Philosophical Virtues and Psychological Strengths

Arlington, VA, May 21, 2013

Philosophical Virtues and Psychological Strengths is a truly collaborative effort in which philosophers and theologians have listened to psychologists, and all have come out enriched.

This volume builds a bridge that permits a conversation between the best of the psychological sciences and the Catholic tradition. In addition, the book will benefit the graduate and undergraduate student interested in a realist Catholic perspective.

The authors have been guided by Pope John Paul II’s encyclical letter Fides et Ratio, by Benedict XVI’s expansive account of the nature of reason informed by the grandeur of faith, and by the virtue theory of St. Thomas Aquinas.

The manuscript identifies those elements of the Catholic tradition that remain indispensable for sustaining a credible dialogue between Christian doctrine and secular psychology.

The carefully selected contributors have established a common language that enables philosophers, theologians, and psychologists to share a profound understanding of the human person, while each receiving the text with distinct interests and perspectives.

For the philosopher, the interest lies in the classic idiom enriched at the developmental level by psychology.

For the theologian, the interest is both the normative philosophical reflections that steady the interdisciplinary dialogue and the psychological findings that enhance the tradition at the level of understanding human weakness and growth.

For the psychologist, the interest lies in the philosophical contextualizing of the person and the theologically rich conception of human flourishing, relationship, and purpose.

The essays were composed by a group of renowned scholars who participated in an intense four-year research project at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) in Arlington, Virginia, called The Anthropology Project.

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