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Father D’Souza Publishes A Catholic Philosophy of Education

October 4, 2016

Father Mario D’Souza, CSB explores a Catholic philosophy of education in the modern world in his recent book, A Catholic Philosophy of Education: The Church and Two Philosophers, published by the McGill-Queen’s University Press.

In today’s pluralist and multicultural society, questions about how to teach religiously and ethnically diverse students in Catholic schools abound. A Catholic Philosophy of Education addresses these challenges by examining the documents from the Roman Congregation for Catholic Education alongside the writings of Jacques Maritain and Bernard Lonergan. Father D’Souza proposes a contemporary formulation for a Catholic philosophy of education in which the ideals of Catholicism form the basis for the mission of the Catholic school. Drawing on the Church’s educational documents, and informed by Maritain and Lonergan, D’Souza explains how the unifying anthropology of Catholic education enables Catholic schools to serve amidst diversity by avoiding the extremes of religious exclusivism and fundamentalism, on the one hand, and relativism and individualism, on the other. He explores the aims of Catholic schools in relation to students, teachers, and society, and the relationship between goodness, discipline, and knowledge. He argues that students must be educated for personal and communal freedom and authenticity, and to strive for the common good, suggesting how a Catholic philosophy of education can provide the framework for such personal and communal transformation.

A Catholic Philosophy of Education: The Church and Two Philosophers is available at amazon.ca.

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