45th out of 166 books — 54 voters
God and Philosophy
In this classic work, the eminent Catholic philosopher Etienne Gilson deals with one of the most important and perplexing metaphysical problems: the relation between our notion of God and demonstrations of his existence. Gilson examines Greek, Christian, and modern philosophy as well as the thinking that has grown out of our age of science in this fundamental analysis of t...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 182 pages
Published February 8th 2002 by Yale University Press
(first published 1941)
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The chapter on Greek philosophy could be a bit confusing if you haven't already read into or learned about some of the ideas of, say, Plato. I much more enjoyed the second and third chapters. The Greek philosophy is necessary, though, as a backdrop to the problem of God's existence. I must say, though, that Plato's quote from the Republic about the Idea of Good was eye-opening (without knowing it his description is perfectly in line with the Christian idea...more
Really enjoying this little reader by Etienne Gilson. In simple language he goes through the evolution of Christian 'philosophy' with the backbone of Greek philosophical method. As he goes forward he answers the Greek philosophical framework of the 'unknown God' with revealed characteristics like: unicity, simplicity, infinity as the various 'discoveries' arise from revelation. Only someone with Gilson's authority can take such a complicated subject and make it digestible. My only regret is that...more
Étienne Gilson (13 June 1884 - 19 September 1978) was a French Thomistic philosopher and historian of philosophy. In 1946 he attained the distinction of being elected an "Immortal" (member) of the French Academy.More about Étienne Gilson...