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Abstract

Media ecology represents a vibrant, interdisciplinary area of research that considers the relationships among human beings, language, technology, and both real and virtual environments. The following question serves as a hermeneutic entrance for this article: how might Etienne Gilson’s approach to mediation invite further discussion about the relationship between media ecology and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT)? First, Gilson’s approach to mediation is analyzed, which explores how Neo-Thomism functions as a form of media. Second, Gilson’s analysis of St. Augustine’s City of God is explicated, which evaluates how Gilson mediated this significant religious text through CIT. Third, Gilson’s mediation of St. Augustine’s discussion about love through Aristotle’s definition of reciprocity is examined, which situates the synonymous terms in free will. Gilson’s mediation emerges as an interpretive process by which communication enables human beings to choose how to establish communities and to engage in acts of reciprocity to seek fulfillment in God.

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