Where Is Knowing Going?

The Horizons of the Knowing Subject

John C. Haughey, SJ

"Haughey has thrown his whole self into this work. Where Is Knowing Going? manifests a cosmic desire expressed in lapidary formulae, pithy expressions, and gripping turns of phrases."
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Catholic institutions of higher learning are at a crossroads: How can they remain true to their roots while recognizing that many of their administrations, faculties, and student bodies have little connection with the tradition? How can these institutions remain competitive while maintaining a relationship to the Church?

During the past several years Catholic theologian John C. Haughey, SJ, has conducted groundbreaking research on these questions. He has done this in tandem with a team of Catholic scholars from around the United States. Haughey has also conducted numerous workshops with faculty at a dozen Catholic colleges and universities to learn firsthand about their research and teaching aspirations. Those relationships and conversations provide the foundation for this book’s many insights.

In Where Is Knowing Going? Haughey explores what constitutes the Catholic identity of Catholic colleges and universities. Going beyond a doctrinal understanding of Catholic identity to one that engages and is engaged by the intellectual tradition of Catholicism, Haughey does not find that the issue of Catholic identity is adequately dealt with by marketing the distinctive identities of institutions in terms of their founding religious orders or saints. He provides a sure-handed process whereby the pursuits of individual faculty can be better aligned with the formal mission of the institution.

Table of Contents


1. What the Mission Looks Like From Below

2. A Further Beholding

3. Engaging Otherness

4. Catholicity: Its Scope and Contents

5. The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Part I

6. The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Part II

7. An Invitation

8. Where is Knowing Going?

9. Worship and the Catholic Identity of the Campus

10. Ex corde ecclesiae, Its Strengths and Limitations



A An Autobiographical Note on Prayer

B The Categorical and the Transcendental

C Catholic-Muslim Forum

D A Contrasting Optic


"Haughey has thrown his whole self into this work. Where Is Knowing Going? manifests a cosmic desire expressed in lapidary formulae, pithy expressions, and gripping turns of phrases."—Theological Studies

"This book will be welcomed by those who wrestle with the challenge of understanding the distinctively Catholic character of Catholic universities. Its special contribution is to show how research, scholarship, and the production of new knowledge are intrinsic to the project of 'emerging catholicity' that should be central to the Catholic university's self-understanding."—Joseph Appleyard, SJ, vice president for university mission and ministry, Boston College

"The greatest strength of this helpful, informative, and exciting text is its originality. The author takes the discussion of the Catholic intellectual tradition beyond the debate between elevated common sense and ideologically charged calls for 'fidelity' by placing it on a sound intellectual footing in the philosophical system of a modern master of Catholic thought. While some of his views are controversial, his efforts to show the wider usefulness of the intra-Catholic debate are highly commendable. Agree or not, the reader will be immensely stimulated."—Paul Lakeland, Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, SJ, Professor of Catholic Studies, Fairfield University


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Winner of the 2010 Catholic Press Association Book Award for Educational Books of the Catholic Press Association

About the Author

John C. Haughey, SJ, is a senior fellow at Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University.

192 pp., 6 x 9

ISBN: 978-1-58901-486-2
Jul 2009

192 pp., 6 x 9

Jul 2009

192 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-58901-621-7
Jul 2009

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