Book Source: Digital Library of India Item : Maritain, ioned. 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. London: G. Blackwell. Naturalized Epistemology and Degrees of Knowledge. Jacques Maritain – – University of Notre Dame Press.

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Maritain proposes a hierarchy of the forms of knowledge by discussing the degrees of rational and suprarational understanding.

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Education. Neither the positive law nor the droit des gens is, however, deducible from the natural law alone. In such a polity one would, of course, find a church and a state, though Maritain would see them as cooperative entities, thw the state occupying itself with those matters that, while focusing on temporal concerns, addressed the needs of the whole of the human person, and with the church focussing on spiritual matters.

Finally, Maritain writes that the ‘making’ at which art aims is something that is demanded by the end of the activity itself, not the particular interest of the artist. From one of his earliest books, Art et scolastique [ Art and Scholasticism ]through work addressing the painter Georges Rouault and the author, Jean Cocteau [e.

This is not a conversation I am as of now totally prepared to engage in. Thus, to say that religious beliefs are propositional in form is not to say that their function is only descriptive. At the time of his death, Maritain was arguably the best known Catholic philosopher in the world. He rejects, therefore, not only fascism and communism, but all secular humanisms. Dancy et al ed.

Nevertheless, we all know very well that we were born — we came into existence. Following Aquinas, Maritain holds that metaphysics deals with being as being ens inquantum ensi.

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Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! Thw if scientific knowledge and philosophical knowledge are, as it were, incommensurable, knoeledge is not clear how philosophy can judge, or be corrective of, the sciences. Interestingly, Maritain claims that this intuition of being is something which escaped Kant ibid.

The Degrees Of Knowledge by Maritain, Jacques

Charles Scribner’s Sons, First edition in hardcover with dust jacket. One consequence of his natural law and natural rights theory is that Maritain favoured a democratic and liberal view of the state, and argued for a political society that is both personalist, ghe, and Christianly-inspired.

As a polity that attempts to provide knowpedge conditions for the realisation of the human person as an individual who is, thereby, a member of a temporal community, it recognises that the use of goods by individuals must serve the good of all Integral Humanismp.

Maritain also describes it as a “grasping, by the poet, of his own subjectivity in order to create” Creative Intuitionp. Hacques his turn to Catholicism and his intellectual itinerary were largely due to personal reasons and to the influence of friends, his defense of Catholic tje and Thomistic philosophy were undoubtedly affected by events involving his adopted church.

And, like Aquinas, Maritain maritqin the classical foundationalist position that these beliefs could be established by rational deduction from self-evident principles and constituted genuine knowledge. Towards a Philosophic Theory of Nursing. Dec 26, S marked it as to-read Shelves: Edward Johnson rated it it was ok Aug 26, In other words, even if the proposition is true, it is not clear how we can say that we know or believe it to be true.

The philosophy of nature is specifically concerned with the nature of movement, of corporeal substance i.

Cristian Rodriguez rated it it was amazing Jun 03, But they are also persons. International Jacques Maritain Institute. The analogical knowledge that we have of God falls short degrefs a complete description of what God is.

Will try again someday. Thus, when it comes to knowledge of sensible objects, for example, the mind has both a passive role receiving sense impressions and an active one constructing knowledge from these impressions. Jacques Maritain and the French Catholic Intellectuals. Gallagher, Donald and Idella. New York, Philosophical Library, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Maritain remained in the United States during the war, where he was active in the war effort recording broadcasts destined for occupied France and contributing to the Voice of America.

It is likely, though, that I’ll arrive here eventually. Beggars for Heaventr.

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The intuition of being that lies at the root of metaphysical enquiry is not “the vague being of common sense” see Preface to Metaphysicsp. Return to Book Page. While beauty affects human beings through the senses, and while the awareness of beauty does not involve abstraction as does knowledge in the sciencesnevertheless, beauty is an object of the intellect. He also continued to lecture and publish on a wide range of subjects — not only in political philosophy, but in aesthetics e.

Interestingly, Maritain was a critic of a number of arguments proposed in defence of religious belief. Maritain’s account of natural law both presupposes a metaphysical view of the yhe of human beings and a realistic epistemology, and has a number of tensions or inconsistencies internal to it.

Maritain studied under Henri Bergson but was dissatisfied with his teacher’s philosophy, eventually finding certainty in the system T. Maritain sought to engage the world of the contemporary arts, but he was also critical of much of the aesthetics that was javques by it; he proposed to uncover principles of art at a time at which talk of such principles had already become somewhat suspect.