The "Historical Solution" versus the "Philosophical Solution": The Political Commentary of Christopher Dawson and Jacques Maritain, 1927–1939
- Journal of the History of Ideas
- University of Pennsylvania Press
- Volume 69, Number 1, January 2008
- pp. 93-115
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This article compares and contrasts the interwar political commentary of the English historian Christopher Dawson (1889-1970) and the French philosopher Jacques Maritain (1882-1971), two of the most widely read Catholic writers of the 1930s. The reasons for the similarities and differences between their perspectives on democracy, fascism, and the Spanish civil war are discussed. The article concludes with a brief evaluation of how their views were reflected in post-World War Two Catholic thought, and a summary of their legacies as twentieth-century Catholic intellectuals.