Philosophy, Well Being and the Identity of Catholic Universities

Jovito Cariño
2012 Kritike: An Online Journal of Philosophy  
In his book, God, Philosophy, Universities, Alasdair MacIntyre traces the history of Catholic philosophical thinking and shows the mutual influence between philosophy and the university. In the same work, Macintyre also highlights the single question which he says should be preeminent in the mind of Catholic thinkers today: the question of what it means to be a human being. Reflection on this matter acquires urgency in the face of dramatic political, cultural and economic changes taking place
more » ... rldwide. The university, herself an agent of change, is not immune to these transformations. That it must evolve as it adapts to them is an imperative which the university cannot afford to ignore but as argued by this paper, such adaptation must begin from a sincere critique and reaffirmation of the university's identity as cultivator of humanity. This paper maintains that Catholic universities like UST cannot turn their back on their humanistic commitments. The humanities, of which philosophy is a primary discipline, is what defines the identity of a university as an alma mater. It is what enables the university to cultivate the individual towards its flourishing both as a citizen of the local society and as a citizen of the world.
doi:10.25138/6.1.a.1 fatcat:guuw3a3jhfdxnbnzzt3t3j4d64