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Pope Leo XIII Condemns Modern Philosophy

Pope Leo XIII

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Pope Leo XIII issues the encyclical Aeterni patris ([Of the] Eternal Father) for the purpose of "restoring" Christian philosophy — he believes that Christian philosophy has become corrupted by modern, secular philosophy.

Pope Leo XIII urges a return to scholastic thinkers and traditions, especially the ideas of Thomas Aquinas; Aquinas's writings will actually experience a strong revival because of this.

Pope Leo XIII isn't the first pontiff to condemn some aspect of modern philosophy or even modern philosophy generally, but none have gone so far to vigorously promote medieval scholastic philosophy as an antidote.


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