Fast Facts

Fast Facts

1. What do John Cleese (comedian), Kathryn Jean Lopez (journalist), Ethan Coen (movie director), Harrison Ford (actor), Peter Lynch (investment manager), Steve Martin (comedian), Elie Wiesel (author), Karol Wojtyła(Pope), T.S. Eliot (poet), and Steve Jobs (entrepreneur) have in common?  Answer: They all majored in philosophy.

2. All the sciences were originally called “philosophy.”  For centuries, science was known as “natural philosophy”, that is, philosophy as directed at nature.  Philosophy is the trunk of the tree of knowledge, and every branch of knowledge has sprung forth from it.

3. The Catholic Church has always strongly encouraged the study of philosophy.  “The Church cannot but set great value upon reason's drive to attain goals which render people's lives ever more worthy. She sees in philosophy the way to come to know fundamental truths about human life. At the same time, the Church considers philosophy an indispensable help for a deeper understanding of faith and for communicating the truth of the Gospel to those who do not yet know it” (Pope John Paul II, encyclical, Fides et Ratio).