Adventures in Philosophy at Notre Dame
In his book Adventures in Philosophy at Notre Dame, Kenneth Sayre chronicles his philosophy department’s change from scholasticism, to pluralism, to professionalism. In his telling, the bad old days of Thomism, represented by the punny but dogmatic Ralph McInerny, gave way to the golden years of vibrant pluralism, its chief advocate found in the charismatic and farsighted priest Ernan McMullin.
Finally, in pursuit of higher rankings, the department embraced a sterile professionalism, after which came a loss of Catholic identity in faculty and course offerings, trouble recruiting and retaining distinguished faculty, and a drop in rankings. Some aspects of Sayre’s book