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Existence & the Existent

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Published January 20th 1987 by University Press of America (first published 1948)
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Paul Bond
Apr 30, 2012 Paul Bond rated it really liked it
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Written as though jargon were both a language and a religion. That aside, excellent. Attempts to out-flank atheistic existentialism, and reestablish Christianity as the true home of authentic living. Succeeds in highlighting the aspects of Thomism that encourage curiosity about and engagement with the created world, and a respect for the hidden depths of persons. Stumbles in parts. Most difficult when insisting on the non-existence of evil. The "heads God did good through you, tails you sinned o ...more
Felicia
Dec 23, 2016 Felicia rated it really liked it
Take my review lightly, as this book will definitely require a few re-reads for me to fully understand it. At this point, however, I know that Maritain supported Thomism and Christianity. He talks about human life as being everything and nothing all in the same, and that the closer we feel that we are to the Truth the further away we will actually be. Yet, it is important that we continue to search for answers, because in asking questions God reveals portions of Himself to us.
Tyler
Nov 08, 2016 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It will take several more reads before I will grasp the true profundity of this little text. But on the fist read, it informed my prayer life beyond what I could have imagined. Here is just one excerpt of many that deeply moved me:

"Religion is essentially that which no philosophy can be: a relation of person to person with all the risk, the mystery, the dread, the confidence, the delight, and the torment that lie in such a relationship" -p. 80
Martin Shanahan
Nov 05, 2007 Martin Shanahan rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most potent and devastating critiques of the existentialist philosophical perspectives of Sartre - it specifically refutes Sartre's "Existentialism is a Humanism".
Mark
Dec 09, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it
Great Thomistic account of metaphysics.
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T. S. Eliot once called Jacques Maritain "the most conspicuous figure and probably the most powerful force in contemporary philosophy." His wife and devoted intellectual companion, Raissa Maritain, was of Jewish descent but joined the Catholic church with him in 1906. Maritain studied under Henri Bergson but was dissatisfied with his teacher's philosophy, eventually finding certainty in the system ...more
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“The spiritual experience of the philosopher is the nourishing soil of philosophy; that without it there is no philosophy; and that, even so, spiritual experience does not, or must not, enter into the intelligible texture of philosophy. The pulp of the fruit must consist of nothing but the truth.” 1 likes
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