Education: For Yale, a Thomist

The Yale philosophy department has all sorts—logical positivists and metaphysicians (e.g., Carl Hempel and Paul Weiss), Agnostic F.S.C. Northrop, Physicist Henry Margenau, Idealist Theodore Greene. Last week, Yale added the final diversity—a Thomist, and the only Jesuit professor at any big non-Catholic university in the U.S.

The man Yale picked for next year is the Rev. John Courtney Murray, 46, a tall (6 ft. 4 in.), cucumber-cool intellectual who teaches theology at Woodstock (Md.) College, but is famed far beyond. Father Murray is a towering figure among U.S. Catholic scholars. A polite and learned defender of the faith, he edits the erudite...

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