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Jacques Maritain

An Intellectual Profile

Jude P. Dougherty

Publication Year: 2010

In Jacques Maritain: An Intellectual Profile, Jude P. Dougherty shares his lifetime interest in and study of Maritain with readers. He offers the most complete introduction to Maritain yet to be published, highlighting Maritain's many contributions to philosophy.

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

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pp. v-vi

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I. Introduction

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pp. 1-6

Maritain’s long and varied career is a chronicle of his time as well as a personal journey. From the feet of Leon Bloy to the French Ambassadorship to the Holy See, his intellectual compass provided an undeviating course. The youthful French intellectual discovering and embracing the Catholic Faith ...

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II. Maritain on Church and State

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pp. 7-25

It is hazardous to talk about the relation of church and state in the abstract, as if there were an ideal relationship to be achieved and against which all others are to be measured. The modus vivendi which prevailed in Greece and Rome during the classical period could not have been culturally possible in China of the same era. ...

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III. Maritain at the Cliff ’s Edge: From Antimoderne to Le Paysan

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pp. 26-43

Jacques Maritain’s was an “engaged” intellect from the very beginning of his academic career. Never one to waffle or to avoid conflict, Maritain joined issue with some of the leading philosophers of his generation. He proved to be an intractable critic of modernity. ...

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IV. Maritain as an Interpreter of Aquinas on the Problem of Individuation

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pp. 44-59

The medieval problem of individuation is not the contemporary problem of “individuals” or “particulars” discussed by P. F. Strawson, J. W. Meiland, and others.1 In a certain sense the problem of individuation originates with Parmenides, but it is Plato’s philosophy of science which bequeaths the problem to Aristotle ...

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V. Maritain on the Limits of the Empiriometric

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pp. 60-72

At the end of the nineteenth century, the European philosophical turf was shared by two main camps, both coalitions: those of an idealistic strain, largely Hegelians, on one side, and the materialists and skeptics, indebted to British empiricism and the Critiques of Kant, on the other. ...

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VI. Maritain on Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry

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pp. 73-92

That attitudes toward science and technology make a difference is widely recognized. If science is conceived as merely description and prediction and not as a search for causes and principles, it will surely be regarded as lacking in explanatory power. Adopting such a positivistic view of science, ...

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VII. John Rawls and Jacques Maritain on the Law of Peoples

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pp. 93-105

In a commencement address delivered at the University of Notre Dame in May 2000, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said, “It is particularly shameful that the United States, the most prosperous and successful country in the history of the world, should be one of the least generous ...

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VIII. Maritain on the Church of Christ

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pp. 106-116

Maritain’s last complete book, De l’Église du Christ, was published in English translation in the year of his death.1 It was ignored by the secular media and given scant notice in the Catholic press. It followed by seven years the publication of Paysan de la Garonne (1966),2 which had earned Maritain the enmity of the Catholic left ...


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pp. 117-120


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pp. 121-128

E-ISBN-13: 9780813218205
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813213293

Page Count: 136
Publication Year: 2010