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Escape from skepticism? Print E-mail
Monday, 10 November 2008
While, on the one hand, philosophical thinking has succeeded in coming closer to the reality of human life and its forms of expression, it has also tended to pursue issues — existential, hermeneutical or linguistic — which ignore the radical question of the truth about personal existence, about being, and about God. Hence we see among the men and women of our time, and not just in some philosophers, attitudes of widespread distrust of the human being's great capacity for knowledge. With a false modesty, people rest content with partial and provisional truths, no longer seeking to ask radical questions about the meaning and ultimate foundation of human, personal, and social existence. In short, the hope that philosophy might be able to provide definitive answers to these questions has dwindled.

 - The encyclical letter
Fides et Ratio
 

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