Hugo Anthony Meynell

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Hugo Anthony Meynell (born 23 March 1936), Meynell Langley, Derbyshire, England, shortly after the death of his father, Captain Godfrey Meynell, who won the Victoria Cross in action against Afghan raiders in India's Khyber Pass.[1] Hugo grew up as a member of an English family which arrived in England with the Norman conquest of England.[2] He was educated at Eton, and King's College at the University of Cambridge where he obtained his PhD and is listed in the Canadian Who's Who.[3] He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Canada in 1993.[4]

Academic career[edit]

After completing his graduate work Dr. Meynell taught at the University of Leeds before moving to the University of Calgary in 1981. He has written thirteen academic books[5] and numerous peer reviewed articles as well as regular book reviews in the Heythrop Journal and similar publications.[6]

Christian Rationalism[edit]

Meynell describes himself as a "Christian Rationalist" in the tradition of Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) and Bernard Lonergan (1904-1984) on whose work he has written.[7] His numerous books include works on philosophy, psychology and even music.[8] A devout Roman Catholic convert he has an evangelical outlook and sympathy for British and American Protestantism. In his recent books he expresses a strong distaste for so-called Postmodernism and what he calls "academic fads."[9] Currently, he is engaged in a study of contemporary atheism.[10]

Books[edit]

Meynell's many publications include:

  • God and the World: the Coherence of Christian Theism,London, S.P.C.K., 1971
  • An Introduction to the Philosophy of Bernard Lonergan, New York : Barnes & Noble Books, 1976
  • Freud, Marx, and Morals, Totowa, N.J. : Barnes & Noble Books, 1981
  • The Intelligible Universe: A Cosmological Argument, Totowa, N.J. : Barnes & Noble, 1982
  • The Theology of Bernard Lonergan, Atlanta, Ga. : Scholars Press, 1986
  • The Art of Handel's Operas, Lewiston, N.Y. : E. Mellen Press, 1986
  • Is Christianity true?,Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, 1994
  • Redirecting philosophy: Reflections of the Nature of Knowledge from Plato to Lonergan,Toronto; Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 1998
  • Postmodernism and the New Enlightenment,Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, 1999

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Times, London, Saturday, Oct. 5, 1935, p. 18 and The Times, London, Friday, Dec 27, 1935; pg. 7;
  2. ^ Burke's Landed Gentry, London, Shaw Pub. Co., 1937
  3. ^ Elizabeth Lumley, ed.,Canadian Who's Who, Toronto, University of Toronto Press 1996, pp. 851.852
  4. ^ [Lumley 1996, p851; Membership record for Hugo Meynell, Royal Society of Canada
  5. ^ Eleven of these are listed in Lumley, p. 1996, the other two are Redirecting philosophy: Reflections of the Nature of Knowledge from Plato to Lonergan,Toronto; Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 1998; and Postmodernism and the New Enlightenment,Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1999
  6. ^ Cf. "Hugo Meynell" in Religious and Theological Abstracts
  7. ^ Hugo Meynell, "The Theology of Bernard Lonergan", Atlanta, Ga. : Scholars Press, 1986
  8. ^ See his books:An Introduction to the Philosophy of Bernard Lonergan, New York : Barnes & Noble Books, 1976, Freud, Marx, and Morals, Totowa, N.J. : Barnes & Noble Books, 1981, and The Art of Handel's Operas, Lewiston, N.Y. : E. Mellen Press, 1986
  9. ^ Cf. Redirecting philosophy: Reflections of the Nature of Knowledge from Plato to Lonergan,Toronto; Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 1998, pp. x-xii
  10. ^ Cf. The Heythrop Journal, Volume 37 Issue 3, Pages 336 - 347