Editor's note: This paper was read at the fourth annual University of Dayton Philosophy Colloquium, held in 1974.

Should the Christian Philosopher be Committed to Action? Speculative and practical issues seem to be involved in that eternal and very contemporary question. Its two contradictory answers will mold the thought and life of the Christian philosopher in two very different ways. The problem, by the way, does not appear to be unique to him. One can think of the artist, the scientist, etc., but it appears here more crucial because of his hold on and his pretense to a rational synthesis in depth and a kind of active subalternation on all other types of human knowledge if not on the humano-divine degrees like Theology. One could foresee two extreme positions contrariwise.

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