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October 13, 2011

America's Greatest Catholic Intellectuals

The Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College in Kansas conducted a survey to identify the ten greatest intellectuals in American Catholicism for their Catholic Hall of Fame, and the list of those from "the world of ideas and academic scholarship" includes an MOJ blogger:

  1. Orestes Brownson (1803–1876)
  2. John Courtney Murray (1904-1967)
  3. John Senior (1923-1999)
  4. Avery Dulles (1918-2008)
  5. James Schall (1928-)
  6. Ralph McInerny (1929-2010)
  7. Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009)
  8. Mary Ann Glendon (1938-)
  9. George Weigel (1951-)
  10. Robert P. George (1955-)

They note that future categories will include fiction authors (Flannery O'Connor, e.g.) and bishops, but my offhand additions (heavy on philosophy) would be Alasdair MacIntyre (not an American by birth--neither was Neuhaus--but he has spent the last 40 years or so in posts in US universities), John Tracy Ellis, Nicholas Rescher, John Zahm, and Bas van Fraassen.

Posted by Michael Moreland on October 13, 2011 at 09:31 AM in Moreland, Michael | Permalink

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I'm not too fond of such lists, but I agree that van Fraasen and Rescher deserve inclusion.

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Oct 13, 2011 1:02:08 PM

"van Fraassen"

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Oct 13, 2011 1:33:18 PM

No Msgr. John Ryan?

Posted by: ctd | Oct 13, 2011 2:56:42 PM

The inclusion of George Weigel (especially when someone like MacIntyre was left off) makes me wonder if this list is even attempting to be serious. Weigel might make a list of 100, but 10?

Posted by: Chris | Oct 13, 2011 4:27:16 PM

Garry Wills, William F Buckley, Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
Perhaps John Lukacs ... And a special award to Alexis de Tocqueville for Democracy in America.

Posted by: Patrick Molloy | Oct 13, 2011 4:27:36 PM

I second Chris and Patrick M. above.

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Oct 13, 2011 5:28:20 PM

John Noonan should be on this list. I was at dinner once with Norman Dorsen, former President of the ACLU and an old friend of Noonan (but definitely someone who would disagree with him on a number of issues). He spoke at length about his profound respect for Noonan's intellect. More to the point, Noonan has excelled in so many areas as a scholar, writer, and judge.

Posted by: John Infranca | Oct 14, 2011 3:37:32 PM

John Noonan should be on this list. I was at dinner once with Norman Dorsen, former President of the ACLU and an old friend of Noonan (but definitely someone who would disagree with him on a number of issues). He spoke at length about his profound respect for Noonan's intellect. More to the point, Noonan has excelled in so many areas as a scholar, writer, and judge.

Posted by: John Infranca | Oct 14, 2011 3:37:32 PM

John Noonan should be on this list. I was at dinner once with Norman Dorsen, former President of the ACLU and an old friend of Noonan (but definitely someone who would disagree with him on a number of issues). He spoke at length about his profound respect for Noonan's intellect. More to the point, Noonan has excelled in so many areas as a scholar, writer, and judge.

Posted by: John Infranca | Oct 14, 2011 3:37:34 PM

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