Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Cornelio Fabro (1911 – 1995)

Cornelio Fabro: Philosopher of Esse and of Freedom

Cornelio Fabro (1911 – 1995) is among the most important philosophers of the 20th century because of his studies of the metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas and for his vast knowledge of modern philosophy and classical Christian realism from the perspective of Kierkegaard's metaphysical existentialism.

The goal of the Cornelio Fabro Cultural Project is to place the entire intellectual production of this Italian philosopher at the disposition of all, in both printed and digital form, including audio, video, and texts. The Complete Works will be translated into English and Spanish, and the most important volumes into other languages as well.

"The birth of freedom has been the only and essential task, the intensive point of my
journey which is still in motion, because the life of the spirit does not allow breaks... Truth,
therefore, in freedom, and freedom for the truth." C.F.
[Hat tip to Prof. Mark Latkovic]


Robert Allen


Thank you for drawing my attention to this gentleman's life and work, PP. He appears to be a real philosophical heavyweight, whom we would do well to investigate. I HATE having to choose between Plato and Aristotle, so anyone promising a synthesis of them belongs high on my reading list. The only problem with my discovering such great thinkers as Father Fabro and Father Garrigou-Lagrange is the regret it causes me over the time I wasted studying modernistic FOOLS like Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and Descartes. RFGA, Ph.D.

Pertinacious Papist


Dear Dr. Allen,

Plato/Aristotle. St. Augustine/St. Thomas Aquinas. Hard choices.

As for your sentiments on the moderns and postmoderns, I share them entirely. I suspect that a well-schooled Catholic can have nothing but pity for the scholar who devotes his entire life to, say, Hegel, Nietzsche, or -- Lord, have mercy -- Derrida, Foucault, or Lacan.

Pertinacious Papist


For that matter, what a waste it would be to read only the nouvelle theologians -- Küng, Rahner, Schillebeeckx, De Lubac, Congar, etc. -- and never have read the likes of Scheeben, Fabro, and Garrigou-Lagrange, not to mention St. Thomas Aquinas.