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Existence & the Existent by Jacques Maritain
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Apr 30, 2012

really liked it
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Read from April 30 to May 02, 2012

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 of you own free will" motif was difficult to get past. That's not a specific criticism of Maritain, but a limitation that comes with all his dogmatic commitments. Maritain dances the line, as best it can be danced. Sometimes he describes the glorification of God and empty of self, and I saw a beautiful Zen self-emptying. And sometimes it comes across as really anti-human. Well worth a read.

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