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Existence & the Existent
Jacques Maritain
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Published by University Press of America (first published 1948)
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Paul Bond
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
Martin Shanahan
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".
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.” 0 likes
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