Abstract

French philosopher Jacques Maritain (1882–1973) gained a reputation both as a leading Catholic intellectual and as an outspoken critic of antisemitism, and as such has been lauded for more than fifty years as a progressive influence within twentieth-century Catholicism. He also has been cited as a dissident voice within the Church, his public statements about the Holocaust throwing the alleged silence of Pope Pius XII into sharp relief. Examining the development of Maritain’s philosemitism, this article presents a more nuanced assessment, challenging historically rooted generalizations about his attitudes toward Jews in the modern world before, during, and after the Shoah.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-0708
Print ISSN
0008-8080
Pages
pp. 25-56
Launched on MUSE
2009-01-11
Open Access
No
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