In recent years, interest in John Henry Newman as a philosopher has gained momentum. This work places his philosophical insights in conversation with philosophers from the pragmatic tradition, particularly with C. S. Peirce, the classical pragmatists, and those who have followed their line, and shows several lines of concurrence. It argues that Newman overcame the modern philosophy of his time by reconnecting to the Aristotelian tradition in a very similar way to how Peirce did it fifty years later and the new pragmatists a century after.
Without claiming that Newman is a pragmatist philosopher, pragmatism is used as a foil, or point of access, to delve into Newman’s philosophy and bring forth the richness of his thought while placing him in the canon of philosophy. This approach deepens the understanding of his philosophical contributions and widens their reach to circles that have previously not engaged with him. Further, this study provides a means to understand pragmatism’s resources from a seldom-used vantage point and perhaps appreciate its fruitfulness in a new way.
Much emphasis is placed in Newman’s texts that refer to his search for and commitment to the truth. The particular nuances of his thought that are brought to light showcase the effective intellectual resources that his writings contain. Newman does not provide ready-made answers to today’s questions, but the way he analyzes and engages with the quandaries of his time can point us to creative and fruitful ways of engaging with those of our times.
"A carefully written and insightful discussion of John Henry Newman’s philosophy against the conceptual background supplied by classical American pragmatism...an important and novel contribution to scholarship."~Michael L. Raposa, Lehigh University
"Marial Corona, a disciple of Jaime Nubiola -one of the current experts in the philosophy of the American Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914)-, presents in this book her interpretation of the parallels between pragmatism and John Henry Newman. If you want to learn more about the parallel points between these two contemporary authors, don't miss the opportunity to read this book."~Rosario Athié, Universidad Panamericana
"Elegantly written, philosophically sensitive, and insightful throughout, Marial Corona offers a compelling picture of the relationship between John Henry Newman and the Pragmatist tradition. I very much enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it."~Stephen Grimm, Fordham University
"With this book Marial Corona has done a great service for Newman studies. In placing John Henry Newman in conversation with pragmatism, Corona demonstrates Newman’s aptitude as a philosopher in his own right, in that his writings tackle many philosophical ideas important both in his own day as well as our own. This book does an excellent job of reading Newman qua Newman, but also reading his writings through the lens of modern philosophy as a way to demonstrate how Newman’s thought speaks to our present-day philosophical quandaries."~Elizabeth Huddleston, Head of Research and Publications, National Institute for Newman Studies, Pittsburgh, PA, Associate Editor, Newman Studies Journal
"Marial Corona has contributed a significant study to the current resurgence of Newman among Anglophone philosophers. Given the frequent use of Peirce's philosophical pragmatism in some streams of contemporary theology, this book has important implications for philosophers, Newman specialists, and theologians alike. Corona's instructive work is sure to generate a vibrant debate."~Matthew Levering, James N. Jr. and Mary D. Perry Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary
"While secular philosophers have often avoided Newman due to his religiosity, and religious philosophers avoided Pierce for religious insufficiency, Marial Corona overcomes such siloing and makes a significant contribution to the history of philosophy in this pioneering and careful study of the two. Because her comparison sheds light on the philosophy of each thinker, Corona’s readers are not only introduced to the one they know least; they surprisingly also gain new insight into the one they already know well. A remarkable achievement, indeed."~Matthew Moore, Del Mar College