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New Book by IPS Brings together Psychologists, Theologians and Philosophers to 'Build the Bridge'

5/21/2013 - 7:21 AM PST

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Arlington, VA (May 21, 2013) - Philosophical Virtues and Psychological Strengths is a truly collaborative effort in which philosophers and theologians have listened to psychologists, and all have come out enriched.
This volume builds a bridge that permits a conversation between the best of the psychological sciences and the Catholic tradition. In addition, the book will benefit the graduate and undergraduate student interested in a realist Catholic perspective.

The authors have been guided by Pope John Paul II's encyclical letter Fides et Ratio, by Benedict XVI's expansive account of the nature of reason informed by the grandeur of faith, and by the virtue theory of St. Thomas Aquinas.

The manuscript identifies those elements of the Catholic tradition that remain indispensable for sustaining a credible dialogue between Christian doctrine and secular psychology.

The carefully selected contributors have established a common language that enables philosophers, theologians, and psychologists to share a profound understanding of the human person, while each receiving the text with distinct interests and perspectives.

For the philosopher, the interest lies in the classic idiom enriched at the developmental level by psychology.

For the theologian, the interest is both the normative philosophical reflections that steady the interdisciplinary dialogue and the psychological findings that enhance the tradition at the level of understanding human weakness and growth.

For the psychologist, the interest lies in the philosophical contextualizing of the person and the theologically rich conception of human flourishing, relationship, and purpose.

The essays were composed by a group of renowned scholars who participated in an intense four-year research project at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) in Arlington, Virginia, called The Anthropology Project.

The senior scholars include the late Benedict Ashley, Romanus Cessario, Kenneth Schmitz, Roger Scruton, and Paul C. Vitz; the junior scholars are John A. Cuddeback, Matthew Cuddeback, J. David Franks, Paul Gondreau, Tobias Hoffmann, Daniel McInerny, Christopher J. Thompson, and Craig Steven Titus.

The book also touches on the dissertation findings of IPS alumni Eric Gudan, Psy.D., and Leslie Trautman, Psy.D., who propose the use of virtues to help promote emotional healing.

Gudan's dissertation, Gratitude-Based Interventions for Treating Ruminative Depression, focuses on introducing the virtue of gratitude to those suffering from this particular disorder. Trautman's Virtue as a Support for Psychological Health in the Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), proposes that by using Cognitive and Behavioral Theory (CBT) and the virtues of humility and altruism, patients can move beyond themselves and begin alleviating their disorders.

To learn more information about Philosophical Virtues and Psychological Strengths: Building the Bridge and the Anthropology Project: Philosophical Virtue and Psychological Strengths, visit

For a limited time only, Philosophical Virtues and Psychological Strengths: Building the Bridge is available for 20% off the purchase price from Sophia Institute Press. Please use code IPS20. To order the book, visit

The IPS Press has also just released Healing for Freedom: A Christian Perspective on Personhood and Psychotherapy, the last publication by the late Benedict Ashley, O.P. The book is the fourth in The IPS Monograph Series, which publishes original scholarly works promoting studies in the broad field of the psychological sciences.


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