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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Degrees of Knowledge

What Maritain seems to give us here is an explanation of how one arrives at a certain proposition and of one’s certainty, but nothing more. John Hyman – – Mind An Unused, unmarked te unblemished copy. Maritain insisted, however, that his view of the place of beauty in art was more consistent with the nature of artistic activity.

David Williams rated it did not like it Jul 10, Man’s destiny in eternity. Clearly, his influence was strongest in those countries where Thomistic philosophy had pride of place. Moreover, Maritain argues that even if one holds that a belief is capable of a rational demonstration, it does not follow that one must be able to provide it.

Jacques Maritain (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

While they cannot exist without the existence of material things, once known, they can be conceived of without any reference to such objects. Life Jacques Maritain was born on November 18, in Paris. Conversations of a Sage. The intuition of being that lies at the root of metaphysical enquiry is not “the vague being of common sense” see Preface to Metaphysicsp.

Collection “Presences,” Plon, 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, and his social and political philosophy clearly reflects many of the ideals of European liberalism. Aug 27, Seth Holler marked it as to-read. Catholic University of America Press, By the late s, Maritain’s attention began to turn to social issues.


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Librairie de l’Art Catholique, As with all natural knowledge of the divine, this is basically analogical, and it follows a via negativa. Gallagher, Nkowledge and Idella. Maritain’s account of natural law both presupposes a metaphysical view of the nature of human beings and a realistic epistemology, and has a number of tensions or inconsistencies internal to it. Sign in to use this feature. A second key feature of Maritain’s views on art is his discussion of art in relation to freedom; his views here not only reflect his metaphysics, but bear on mmaritain political philosophy.

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University of Notre Dame Press. Still, encouraged through his friendships with the Russian philosopher Nicholas Berdiaev beginning in and Emmanuel Mounier fromMaritain began to develop the principles of a liberal Christian humanism and defense of natural rights.

Metaphysical or speculative knowledge deals with objects existing at a third level of abstraction i. The philosophy of nature is specifically concerned with the nature of movement, of corporeal substance i.

He became full Professor in and, inwas appointed to the Chair of Logic and Cosmology, which he held until The Cultural Vision of Jacques Maritain. Maritain’s views here have elicited a good deal of critical discussion. Maritain would say that artistic activity is analogous to divine free creative activity see his letters to Cocteau ; jscques highest natural resemblance to God’s activity” Art and Faithp.


As a creative activity, it is ultimately dependent upon and Maritain says that it is “ordained to” the creator and, therefore, it has a relation to the divine and to the transcendentals of goodness, truth, and unity. John rated it really liked it Jan 21, Some have concluded, degres, that such a theory must be knowledgw theological.

A theocentric humanism, Maritain would argue, has its philosophical foundation in the recognition of the nature of the human person as a spiritual and material being — a being that has a relation jacqhes God — and jnowledge and social and political institutions must therefore reflect this. But ‘being’ can be grasped in different ways, and Maritain distinguishes, for example, between sensible being “the object first attained by the human intellect” and being as being which is the object of metaphysics.

Jacques Maritain was born on November 18, in Paris.

To say that one can attain, by reason, some knowledge of God is not to say that everyone can do this. Following the liberation of France in the summer ofhe was named French ambassador to the Vatican, serving untilbut was also actively involved in drafting the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Pages are clean and unmarked. Following brief service in the first world war, Maritain returned to teaching and research.

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