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的 Catholic Intellectual Tradition

的 Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living.

Socrates exhorts us in the 道歉 to spend our days striving to make sense of our lives, to live a life of self-examination. What might that mean for us today within the context of the Catholic philosophical 传统? 

"Such an account [of what it is to be a human being] will have to integrate what we can learn about the nature and constitution of human beings from physicists, chemists, and biologists, historians, economists, and sociologists, with the kind of understanding of human beings that only theology can afford. What form would such an account take? It would present human beings–and not just philosophers–as themselves engaged in trying to give just such an account of themselves, as trying to understand what it is that they are doing in trying to achieve understanding, a kind of understanding that will enable us to distinguish what it is worth caring about a very great deal from what it is worth caring about a good deal less, and both from what it is not worth caring 在所有. So there is a crucial relationship between metaphysics and ethics. 为 it is only insofar as we understand the universe, including ourselves, as dependent on God for our existence that we are also able to understand ourselves as directed toward God and what our directedness toward God requires of us by way of caring. 的 philosophical resources we have for constructing such an account are the resources provided by the history of the Catholic philosophical 传统, which is to say that such an account would have to emerge from the dialogues internal to that 传统, from those debates and disagreements within that 传统 that, as we have learned from Fides et Ratio, are constitutive of it."(唉dair MacIntyre, God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition,罗曼 & Littlefield, 2009, pp. 177-78)

In Pursuit of Wisdom, Truth and Virtue

的 University of Dallas 是专用的 to the pursuit of wisdom, of truth, and of virtue as the proper and primary ends of education. 的 university as a whole is shaped by the long 传统 of Catholic learning and acknowledges its commitment to the Catholic Church and its teaching. 的 university 是专用的 to the recovery of the Christian intellectual 传统, and to the renewal of Catholic theology in fidelity to the Church and in constructive dialogue with the modern world.

Veritatem, Justitiam, Diligite: Love Ye Truth and Justice.

This motto surrounds the university seal, emblematic of the ideals to which the university 是专用的.

"Love Ye Truth and Justice" (Veritatem, Justitiam Diligite) is a conflation of Zachariah 8.早8点到晚8点.19, and expresses the biblical message that truth and justice are the necessary conditions for peace, prosperity, and happiness. This wise instruction has also been discovered by reason and confirmed by history. It was the founding conviction of the University of Dallas and it continues to inform all that the university aspires to do.

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