The Degrees of Knowledge is a book by the philosopher Jacques Maritain, his major contribution to epistemology. It was first published in English. Jacques Maritain (–), French philosopher and political .. These ‘ degrees of knowledge’ are not, however, independent of one. Jacques Maritain. London: G. Blackwell. Naturalized Epistemology and Degrees of Knowledge. Jacques Maritain – – University of Notre Dame Press.

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Nine appendices, some longer than the chapters of the book, advance Maritain’s thought, often by taking on criticism of earlier editions of the work.

Letters between Jacques Maritain and Jean Cocteau.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Dancy et al ed. Also distinctive in Maritain’s account of metaphysics is the emphasis on “the act of existing.

When a positive law acts against the natural law, it is, strictly speaking, degrrees a law. Towards a Philosophic Theory of Nursing. Univ of Notre Dame Pr. Following brief service in the first world war, Maritain returned to teaching and research. While his turn to Catholicism and his intellectual itinerary were largely due to personal reasons and to the influence lnowledge friends, his defense of Catholic thought and Thomistic philosophy were undoubtedly affected by events involving his adopted church.

Maritain’s early writings, then, sought to address some of the concerns arising out of these events.

Perhaps not an easy read in maritani beginning, but once you have found the “wave-length” you will find yourself returning again and again to this book. He argued that such defenses fail because they do not recognise that there are different types of knowledge, that these different types are hierarchically arranged, and that the methods they employ are, by definition, unsuited to demonstrate certain things.


Jacques Maritain and the Moral Foundation of Democracy. Gannon University Press, Having a background in computer science and a decent interest in biology, I was not at first jacqes up by the religious portions of the text but instead by the lucidity of Maritain’s presentation of the problems of mathematical ontology, modern physics, and dgerees questions of realism raised by modern epistemology.

In it, Maritain attacked the “neo-modernism” that he had seen developing in the church in recent decades, especially since the Second Vatican Council.

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General Background Maritain saw himself as working in continuity with the degreed of Thomas Aquinas, and his writings frequently contain quotations from and references to Thomas’ texts. One can say, then, that he would be considered by present-day liberals as too conservative, and by many conservatives as too liberal.

The Degrees Of Knowledge by Maritain, Jacques

Nevertheless, Maritain also held that it was reasonable to believe even in the absence of such arguments or evidence. Account Options Sign in. Maritain, man of the 20th century, found Reality and Truth in the writings of a man of the 13th century.

While certainly no longer central in contemporary debate in aesthetics, Maritain’s views continue to have a broad audience. He was prominent in the Catholic intellectual resurgence, with a keen perception of modern French literature.

The Degrees Of Knowledge

Maritain, following Aquinas, says that beauty “delights the understanding”; the appreciation of art, on the part of the spectator, then, involves awakening the intelligence. It will be impossible to sing the praises of Maritain’s text in a helpful review, but a few observations might help to convince the appropriate readers that the cracked spine of my text reflects more than my penchant for the poetry of this giant of the Thomistic renewal of the first half of the 20th century.


Showing of 12 reviews. Finally, there are clear marks that a number of the questions being raised “in house” concerning Thomism are limited to the controversies of Maritain’s day.

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Alice Ramos Washington DC: Thus, though the most profound inspiration of many of Maritain’s ideas was the work of St Thomas Aquinas, his epistemology and aesthetics show the influence of Christian mysticism, particularly that of St John of the Cross, maritaain his social and political philosophy clearly reflects many of the ideals of European liberalism. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Enhanced bibliography for this entry at PhilPaperswith links to its database.

Charles Scribner’s Sons, The philosophy of nature is specifically concerned with the nature of movement, of jadques substance i. Dizionario delle Opereby Piero Viotto, Rome: There’s a problem maritwin this menu right now. The Book is cheap, thanks to Amazon.

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