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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It is a very simple sight, superior to any discursive reasoning or demonstration [… of] a reality which it touches and which takes hold of it” Preface to Metaphysicspp. Distinguish to Unite, or, the Degrees of Knowledge. Nevertheless, it is still connected to “intellectual act”. It is likely, though, that I’ll arrive here eventually.

In such a polity one would, of course, find a church and a state, though Maritain would see them as cooperative entities, with 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. While his turn to Knowleedge and his intellectual itinerary were largely due to personal reasons and to the influence of friends, his defense of Catholic thought and Thomistic philosophy were undoubtedly affected by events involving his adopted church.


French philosophy itself was seen as incompatible with Catholic theology. The activity of artistic creation is clearly something that is carried out by a subject.

Jacques Maritain and the Moral Foundation of Democracy. Catholic University of America Press, Sheed and Ward, Charles Scribner’s Sons, First edition in hardcover with dust jacket.

The Degrees Of Knowledge by Maritain, Jacques

He was initially og to the philosophy of Spinoza. Maritain notes the focus on the awareness of the self as characteristic of art from the time of the German romantics, and recognises its value so far as it challenges the emphasis on reason and mechanical technique. Maritain envisages a political society under the rule of law — and he distinguishes four types of law: While certainly no longer central in contemporary debate in aesthetics, Maritain’s views continue to have a broad audience.

Maritain studied under Henri Bergson but was dissatisfied degrees his teacher’s philosophy, eventually finding certainty in the system T. At the time of his death, Maritain was arguably the best known Catholic philosopher in the world.

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Jacques Maritain, Emmanuel Mounier Sheed and Ward, ; Tr. Dec 26, S marked it as to-read Shelves: Inhe petitioned to join the order, and died in Toulouse on April 28, The levels in this hierarchy are determined, then, by how and the extent to which what is known is abstracted from matter. Maritain’s work in epistemology, though clearly essential to his political and religious thought and to his aesthetics, has not, however, had the reception Maritain would have held it deserved.


Degrees knowledte Knowledge by Jacques Maritain. The philosophy of nature lies, therefore, between the sciences and metaphysics; it is to be distinguished from metaphysics, which deals with all being qua being, but also from the empiriological sciences, which deal with sensible being qua observable or measurable.

It has been argued, however, that there are some difficulties with Maritain’s position here. Sheed and Ward, ; Formal Logic. Freedom in all its forms is ultimately subject to truth and, for the artist, it is also subject to “the spiritual conditions of honest work” Art and Scholasticismp. Nevertheless, while the natural law is “self-evident” see Man and the Statep.

De la vie d’oraison. Maritain’s most enduring legacy is undoubtedly his moral and political philosophy, and the influence of his work on human rights can be seen, not only in the United Nations Declaration of but, it has been claimed, in a number of national declarations, such as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the preamble to the Constitution of the Fourth French Republic — this last was likely a reflection of Maritain’s lengthy correspondence with the French war hero and, later, President, General Charles DeGaulle.

Bles, the Centenary Press Catholic University of America Press,pp.