Si,—Father Martindale invites you to discover a competent writer capable of setting forth some of the Church's structural philosophy with its application to the facts of life as lived.
With all the diffidence becoming one who realises the need to understand the nature and scope of such work before proffering advice, may I venture to express the following opinions.
To meet Father Martindale's wish I would suggest a number of manuals on the lines of the Treasury of the Faith series. Hence, instead of one writer, there would be required a general editor and a team of contributors. In selecting these writers one's thoughts go to the various professors of philosophy in our various seminaries, colleges and other seats of learning, as well as to the writers, clerical and lay, with whose names we have become familiar. What appear to me to be the advantages of such a series are that the work would not take so long to produce, it would be the work of specialists and, In cheap form, would be readily procurable by the average wage-earner. Incidentally, it might be remarked that there exists a fair amount of philosophical literature either in book form or scattered throughout periodicals and reviews.
Not to mention set text books a book not too difficult to assimilate is Father James's Preface to Life (published in America).
Other literature, less known in this country perhaps, but which was very popular in India when published, are the works of Father E. Hull, S.J. (e.g., A Practical Philosophy of Life, 2 vols.; Collapses in Adult L(fe,' Why Should I Be Moral? Man's Great Concern, etc.). Finally the question might be asked whether there is not room for some such monthly or quarterly as The Catholic Philosopher to meet the needs of the day.
St. Edward's School, Broadgreen, Liverpool.