Real Philosophy for Real People: Tools for Truthful Living

Real Philosophy for Real People By Robert McTeigue
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A great philosopher once observed, “Philosophers let theories get in the way of what they and everybody else know.” A lot of ink has been spilt in order to obscure what we really can’t not know about reality, humanity and morality.

In the midst of a culture permeated by philosophies that seek to redefine the universally available meaning of what it is to be human, Fr. Robert McTeigue says it is more important than ever to be equipped with reliable philosophical tools that help us to see clearly the implications of our stated moral claims; that enable us to detect moral and logical error; and that keep us grounded in the love of truth.

You will find such tools in these pages that explore what it means to be human with metaphysical, anthropological, and ethical dimensions.

But Real Philosophy for Real People does more than offer tools for seeing and understanding. It is a refutation of philosophies which prize love of theory over love of truth; a rebuke of any metaphysics that cannot account for itself; a refutation of anthropologies which are unworthy of the human person; and a refutation of ethical systems which reduce the great dignity and destiny of the human person.

Most importantly, Real Philosophy for Real People is a prescription for an alternative: it is a real philosophy for real people, wherein the best of classical philosophy finds its fulfillment, expressed in a contemporary idiom that is accessible to the layman and plausible to the scholar. It offers a catalog of errors with their refutations, and a map for living a truly human life. It is a portable error-detector, while providing a basis for knowing and presenting the truth.

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“A delightful romp through modern idiocies disguised as philosophies versus time-tested principles for building a wise one. It is full of the most revolutionary, rare, and uncommon thing in the world: common sense.”
— Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Boston College

“A must for anyone seeking a comprehensible and comprehensive presentation and defense of theistic philosophy in contrast to its contemporary opponents.”
— Robert Spitzer, S.J., President, Magis Center

“A book that honors the importance of philosophy by going directly to the heart of its fundamental perplexities, with thoughtfulness, conciseness, and energy. The voice of Robert McTeigue’s realism restores to philosophy a salutary sanity.”
— William Desmond, Ph.D., David R. Cook Chair in Philosophy, Villanova University

“A defense not merely of philosophy and metaphysics, but of the mind and of man himself.”
— Fr. Robert A. Sirico, President, Acton Institute

“Fr. McTeigue shows us in an interesting and entertaining way that our lives—the lives of real flesh and blood people, from truck drivers to C.E.O.s—are imbued with philosophical assumptions about man, reality, truth, and goodness.”
— Francis J. Beckwith, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University 

“Fr. McTeigue is an eloquent and witty disciple of his mentor Paul Weiss in the way he explains how common sense makes sense.”
— Fr. George Rutler, Author, Calm in Chaos and He Spoke to Us

“An astringent philosophical corrective to these strange times. Fr. McTeigue demonstrates how metaphysics impacts on practical affairs, indeed on our whole lives.”
— Theodore Dalrymple, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Author, Our Culture, What’s Left of It

“Fr. McTeigue shows you how to take the principles of Catholic philosophy and make it your spiritual operating system.”
— John Harper, Managing Editor and Host, Morning Air, Relevant Radio

“As a student of Fr. McTeigue, I witnessed the development of the concepts in this book. What I learned changed my life then and continues to guide my life now, both in my medical practice and personal life.”
— Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Attending Physician, Alliance Cancer Specialists

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About the Author

Fr. Robert McTeigue, S.J., is a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. A philosopher and theologian, he has lectured worldwide. A member of the National Ethics Committee of the Catholic Medical Association, he is host and producer of the radio show The Catholic Current via The Station of the Cross.

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