Universitas, Number 11, April 2005


Universitas 11 Contents

It is some time, unfortunately, since the last issue of Universitas. We regret the interruption, which came about from a combination of distractions, principally of an administrative kind. However, we are happy to say that the regular issues (at least two a year) are now being resumed. Indeed, we mean to expand the content of this Journal as well as add other features to our website. For instance, we are setting up a special section of the website devoted to the discussion of social, political and economic questions.

The present issue has an article that we have had pending for some time, one on the subject of the meaning of pietas in St. Thomas by Associate Professor D. Mikkelson of the University of Hawaii at Hilo. We apologize for the undue delay in publishing his fine article. The other articles are a series of articles by Don Boland inserted so as to resume publication immediately while we gather material from our regular contributors and others. We welcome especially contributions from overseas philosophers and theologians.

However, we should point out that we are not among those who believe that philosophical and theological truth is the preserve of professional or academic scholars. Indeed, we believe that the truth regarding the more profound and important things is often to be found in the insights of ordinary folk and people in all walks of life (especially regarding practical matters). Two basic requirements for a sound philosophy are an attitude of humility and a healthy dose of common sense, which are not always to be found in the so-called expert or intellectual.

This puts us in mind of G. K. Chesterton who, though not a professional philosopher or academic, but a journalist, was in the considered opinion of Etienne Gilson, himself one of the most celebrated historians of philosophy in the twentieth century, one of the deepest thinkers of all time. We are happy, therefore, to receive contributions from any quarter, even from journalists.

We trust that our readers will find something of interest and some further insight into philosophical and theological truth in this and ensuing issues of Universitas. We would also like to hear any comments and criticisms they may have regarding the content and form of the Journal. It goes without saying that the views of the contributors are not necessarily those of Journal's editors and compilers.

The Editor

This article posted April 2005. It was published in Universitas, No. 11 (2005).
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