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The Writings of Charles De Koninck

Volume Two

Charles De Koninck

Publication Year: 2009

Volume 2 of The Writings of Charles De Koninck is part of the three-volume series presenting the first English edition of the collected works of the Catholic Thomist philosopher Charles De Koninck (1906–1965). Ralph McInerny is the project editor and has prepared the excellent translations. The second volume begins with two works published in 1943: Ego Sapientia: The Wisdom That Is Mary, De Koninck's first study in Mariology, and The Primacy of the Common Good Against the Personalists (with The Principle of the New Order), which generated a strong critical reaction. Included in this volume are two reviews of The Primacy of the Common Good, by Yves R. Simon and I. Thomas Eschmann, O.P., and De Koninck's substantial response to Eschmann in his lengthy “In Defense of St. Thomas.” The volume concludes with a group of short essays: “The Dialectic of Limits as Critique of Reason,” “Notes on Marxism,” “This Is a Hard Saying,” “[Review of] Between Heaven and Earth,” and “Concept, Process, and Reality.”

Published by: University of Notre Dame Press

Cover

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p. c-c

Title Page, Copyright, Frontispiece

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-x

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

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pp. 1-3

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p. 4-4

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...

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PART ONE Ego Sapientia

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pp. 5-20

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...

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PART TWO Nigra sum, sed formosa

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pp. 21-62

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

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pp. 65-71

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...

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Foreword

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pp. 72-73

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....

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PART ONE The Primacy of the Common Good against the Personalists

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pp. 74-108

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...

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PART TWO The Principle of the New Order

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pp. 109-164

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

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pp. 165-172

IN DEFENSE OF JACQUES MARITAIN

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pp. 173-204

IN DEFENCE OF ST. THOMAS

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pp. 205-364

THE DIALECTIC OF LIMITS AS CRITIQUE OF REASON

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pp. 365-378

NOTES ON MARXISM

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pp. 379-390

THIS IS A HARD SAYING

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pp. 391-398

REVIEW OF BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH

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pp. 399-404

CONCEPT, PROCESS, AND REALITY

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pp. 405-416

Index

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pp. 417-438


E-ISBN-13: 9780268077600
E-ISBN-10: 0268077606
Print-ISBN-13: 9780268025977
Print-ISBN-10: 0268025975

Page Count: 472
Publication Year: 2009

Volume Title: Volume Two

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  • Koninck, Charles de, d. 1965.
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