Book Source: Digital Library of India Item : Maritain, ioned. The Degrees of Knowledge is a book by the philosopher Jacques Maritain, his major contribution to epistemology. It was first published in English. Jacques Maritain. London: G. Blackwell. Naturalized Epistemology and Degrees of Knowledge. Jacques Maritain – – University of Notre Dame Press.

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Open Preview See a Problem? He objects that such views — particularly fascism and communism — are not only secular religions, but dehumanizing and, while he was a defender of American-style democracy, he is clearly not interested in combining his attachment to Christianity with capitalism. Jacques Maritain —French philosopher and political thinker, was one of the principal exponents of Thomism in the twentieth century and an influential interpreter of the thought of St Thomas Aquinas.

Rights are grounded in the natural law, and specifically in relation to the common good. Librairie Stock, [ Art and Faith: Reflections on Stravinsky and Maritain c.

Maritain believes that such an emphasis is characteristic of any consistent Knowlledge “What distinguishes authentic Thomism … is precisely the primacy which [it] accords to existence and the intuition of existential being” ibid. Having been attracted initially to Spinoza’s idealism and, later, to Bergson’s vitalist intuitionism, he was able to come to the defense of Catholic thought with a knowledge of its critics that surpassed many of his contemporaries.

Stock, [English translation: Interestingly, Maritain was a critic of a number of arguments proposed in defence of religious belief. There are, Maritain holds, four basic principles of metaphysics: It requires freedom — and, thus, the artist must be free. Droits des peuples, Droits de l’homme. Because of the nature of the objects of metaphysics, this latter kind of knowledge does not involve logical inference as much as reasoning by analogy or what Maritain calls ananoetic knowledge.


The continuity of interest in his thought in the English-speaking world has recently led the University of Notre Dame Press to undertake the publication of a Collected Works of the English-language editions of Maritain’s writings.

There is, not surprisingly, no generally shared view of the precise character of Maritain’s philosophy. Donald and Idella Gallagher.

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Maritain also favoured a number of liberal ideals, and the list of rights that he recognises extends significantly beyond that found in many liberal theories, and includes the rights of workers as well as those of the human and the civic person.

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The Metaphysics of Knowledge. University of Chicago Press, When a positive law acts against the natural law, it is, strictly speaking, not a law. In general, Maritain sees his task — and the task of Thomism in general — as being “to renovate” Aquinas’s thought, “a task whose novelty may well be greater than [Thomists] themselves realise” Preface to Metaphysicspp.

Jacques Maritain’s masterpiece proposes a hierarchy of forms of knowledge that culminate in mystical experience and wisdom, which is a gift of the Holy Ghost. University of Notre Dame Press, ].

Both were struck by the spiritual aridity of French intellectual life and made a vow knowlege commit suicide within a year should they not find some answer to the apparent meaninglessness of life.

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The analogical knowledge that we have of God falls short of a complete description of what God is. First US printing,large 8vo, cloth in dust jacket, maritainn very good plus, light jacquee to endpapers, jacket good with some edgewear and tears, neatly hidden by brodart dust jacket protector. University of Notre Dame Press, forthcoming.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Maritain’s distinctive contribution is not, however, to the details of Thomistic metaphysics, but to bringing it into relation with modern science and philosophy, and to explaining its foundations. Maritain’s account of natural law both presupposes a metaphysical view of the nature of human beings and a realistic epistemology, and has a number of tensions or inconsistencies internal to it.

Art Mitchell rated it it was ok Jul 26, Still, some of Maritain’s writings are polemical and, because much of his concern especially in the history of philosophy was to address very specific philosophical and theological issues of his time, they often have a rather maritzin character.

Jaqcues Epistemology and Degrees of Knowledge.

Degrees of Knowledge

Maritain’s political philosophy and his philosophy of law are knoowledge related to his moral philosophy. Again, Maritain’s account is based on Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and John of St Thomas, though he clearly extends his predecessors’ views. This is no surprise.

While they cannot exist without the existence of material things, once known, they can be conceived of without any reference to such objects.