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The Human Voyage of Self-Discovery

Essays in Honour of Brendan Purcell

ISBN13: 9781847304308

ISBN10: 1847304303

Publisher: Veritas

Extent: 326 pages

Binding: Paperback

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  • Irish philosopher and priest Dr Brendan Purcell has spent years endeavouring to unravel what makes us human, investigating the mystery of human origins and exploring the drama of human existence. In this work written in his honour, the contributors offer their own valuable insights into the human voyage of self-discovery.


    They guide us through some of the teachings of significant authors, such as Plato, William of Ockham, John Henry Newman, Walker Percy, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Eric Voegelin, Bernard Lonergan, Patrick Kavanagh, Chiara Lubich, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Emmanuel Lévinas.


    They also offer us reactions on topics such as faith and science, religious freedom and dialogue, Trinity and creation, language and human symbolism, bodiliness, art, holiness and conscience.

  • Brendan Leahy

    Brendan Leahy is the current Bishop of Limerick. From 2006 until 2013 he served as Professor of Systematic Theology at the Pontifical University and National Seminary in St Patrick’s College in Maynooth. He has written many articles and books on themes such as: peace and forgiveness; faith questions; ecumenism; and spirituality. His works for Veritas include Graced Horizons: A Journey through Mercy and The Human Voyage of Self-Discovery: Essays in Honour of Brendan Purcell.

    David Walsh

    David Walsh is Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America. Originally from Clonmel in Tipperary, he studied in both University College Dublin and the University of Virginia. He has authored and edited numerous publications, most recently The Modern Philosophical Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

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    This book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to engage intelligently in a discussion of the many controversial issues that are matters of public debate today in the Catholic Church. It will also be an invaluable resource for present-day students of theology. Helpful notes with each essay, as well as a Brendan Purcell bibliography, offer the opportunity to continue the study beyond this book. It is highly recommended for college library shelves.


    – Judith Kappenman SSJ, Catholic Library World, Volume 84, No. 3

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