The End of Neothomism?

The German publisher nova & vetera (Bonn) has published a fascinating book on how by the end of the 1970 Thomism at the faculty of philosophy of the university of Fribourg (Switzerland) came to an end. Here is the table of contents in Pdf.

43Habsburgneu.jpgDas Ende des Neuthomismus. Die 68er, das Konzil und die Dominikaner, written by Eduard Habsburg-Lothringen, comprises three parts. Part 1 applies Thomas Kuhn’s idea of scientific revolution to the movement of Neothomism in general. Part 2 traces the reactions of the Order of Preachers to the Church’s documents on the doctrine of St. Thomas from Leo XIII to John Paul II. Finally part 3 chronicles in detail the history of the faculty of philosophy from the illustrious Gallus Manser (1866-1950) to the tireless but unsuccesfull efforts by the Flemish Dominican Norbertus Luyten (1909-1986) to maintain the chairs, traditionally conferred to the Dominicans. It discloses for the first time important archival material from the correspondence between Fribourg and the Dominican Roman curia. Father Luyten concluded: “C’est vraiment la fin d’une époque”.


Jörgen Vijgen

DR. JÖRGEN VIJGEN holds academic appointments in Medieval and Thomistic Philosophy at several institutions in the Netherlands. His dissertation, “The status of Eucharistic accidents ‘sine subiecto’: An Historical Trajectory up to Thomas Aquinas and selected reactions,” was written under the direction of Fr. Walter Senner, O.P. at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy and published in 2013 by Akademie Verlag (now De Gruyter) in Berlin, Germany.