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4 Equally important, the German idealists were concerned about the fragmentation of human knowledge, the severance of reason and faith, and the detachment of the finite from the infinite, of subjective from objective, and of thought from reality—separations within the consciousness of Western thought that had been developing for some time as religious thought became severed from philosophical and scientific thought. How did they attempt to reconnect these poles in the university? Which subjects should be included and which left out?
Thomas took these currents seriously, engaged them, and attempted to respond to the challenges they posed to Christian theology. He did not merely exclude, ignore, or condemn them. He incorporated them dialogically into his broader Christian thought. The Autonomy of the Sciences and the Mind’s Desire How are we to square the medieval concept of the mind’s journey to God through the arts and sciences with the modern notion of the autonomy of the sciences? Is it not a settled principle that each academic discipline is autonomous, with its own defined subject matter and methods?
The German term signified a dedicated, sanctified pursuit. It signified not merely the goal of rational understanding . . not merely the study of the ‘exact sciences,’ . . 12 Philosophy is the chief discipline that gives form and meaning to all others. 13 The German idealist philosophers connected with Berlin felt free to range broadly from philosophy per se. In fact, they would have rejected the very notion of philosophy as a discipline alongside others. Like our concept of science, Wissenschaft refers to critical inquiry conducted in an ordered and disciplined way.
Academic Freedom and the Telos of the Catholic University by Kenneth Garcia (auth.)