The Writings of Charles De Koninck
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
Title Page, Copyright, Frontispiece
This second volume of the Writings of Charles De Koninck begins with two short works published in 1943, Ego Sapientia: The Wisdom That Is Mary, and The Primacy of the Common Good against the Personalists. The former is De Koninck’s first work in Mariology and is self-effacing in that it is made up in great part of citations from the Fathers and the saints on the role of Mary....
EGO SAPIENTIA THE WISDOM THAT IS MARY
How may we truly apply to the Blessed Mary all that is said of Wisdom in the Sapiential Books? In answering this question we are attempting no innovation as will be evident from the constant use made of the Doctors of the Church. Rather, in composing this study,whose main purpose is to assemble...
PART ONE Ego Sapientia
The words which the Church places in the mouth of the Blessed Virgin are not, “I, the wise,” nor “I, the wisest of all creatures,” but “I, wisdom—Ego Sapientia.”2 Of a very good person we may say that he is goodness itself, but this attribution is to be understood in a purely metaphorical or parabolical sense. There are only two cases in which one may predicate an abstract term...
PART TWO Nigra sum, sed formosa
Why does the Holy Virgin tell us “I am black, but beautiful—Nigra sum sed formosa”? What connection could there be between the attribution of wisdom and of blackness that signifies a state of inferiority, as can be seen in the term ‘but’? Far from excluding one another, would not these two qualifications...
THE PRIMACY OF THE COMMON GOOD AGAINST THE PERSONALISTS
This is no ordinary book. It is pure wisdom.We have lost the habit of regarding the practical world in the light of the most profound principles, with the exception perhaps of those inverted thinkers who shake up the order of thought the better to reverse the real order, the political and moral order, and organize with an innocent air the most radical revolutions which end...
Human society is made for man. Any political doctrine that ignores man’s rational nature, and consequently denies his dignity and liberty, is vitiated at its root and subjects man to inhuman conditions. That is why one rightly opposes totalitarian doctrines in the name of the dignity of man....
PART ONE The Primacy of the Common Good against the Personalists
The good is that which all things desire insofar as they desire their perfection. Thus, the good has the note of final cause. Thus, it is the first of causes and consequently diffusive of itself. “The more elevated a cause is, the more its causality extends to many beings. Indeed, a more elevated cause has a more elevated proper effect,which is more common and is found in more things.”5...
PART TWO The Principle of the New Order
The program lists “Philosophy and Order in International Relations” as the
subject of this paper.74 Actually I was asked to present to you as a subject for
discussion the problem of “Metaphysics and International Order.”
Although the problem of international order properly concerns political science and prudence—of the speculative sciences, philosophy of nature...
ON THE COMMON GOOD
IN DEFENSE OF JACQUES MARITAIN
IN DEFENCE OF ST. THOMAS
THE DIALECTIC OF LIMITS AS CRITIQUE OF REASON
NOTES ON MARXISM
THIS IS A HARD SAYING
REVIEW OF BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH
CONCEPT, PROCESS, AND REALITY
Page Count: 472
Publication Year: 2009
Volume Title: Volume Two
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