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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Degrees of Knowledge

General Background Maritain saw himself as working in continuity with the thought of Thomas Aquinas, and his writings frequently contain quotations from and references to Thomas’ texts. It is likely, though, that I’ll arrive here eventually. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In his early philosophical work e.

Nevertheless, Maritain’s account of religious belief and its relation to argument and proof is not complete. 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. When a positive law acts against the natural law, it is, strictly speaking, not a law.

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.

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During this time, in addition to his work in political philosophy cf. Added to PP index Total downloads 10of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 2of 2, How can I increase my downloads? The problems were real and vexing for Maritain, and if the office of the wise man is to order things, I will give the laurels of wisdom to this orderer of epistemology.

Some have concluded, then, that such a theory must be ultimately theological. Indeed, it is not clear what it is in the method as distinct from the content of the premises that differentiates a metaphysical proof e. Because of the nature of the objects of metaphysics, this latter kind of knowledge does not involve logical inference as much as reasoning by analogy or what Maritain calls ananoetic knowledge.


An Unused, unmarked and unblemished copy. Existence and the Existent. In fact, Maritain allows that theology can “reject as false any philosophic affirmation which contradicts a theological truth” Introduction to Philosophyp. Customers who bought this item also bought.

General Assessment At the time of his death, Maritain was arguably the best known Catholic philosopher in the world. Droits des peuples, Droits de l’homme. Account Options Sign in. 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.

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Alice Ramos Washington DC: Maritain’s primary work in epistemology is Distinguer pour jnowledge Maritain also describes it as a “grasping, by the poet, of his own subjectivity in order to create” Creative Intuitionp.

The continuity of interest in his lnowledge in the English-speaking world has recently led the University of Notre Dame Press to undertake the publication of a Collected Works of the English-language editions of Maritain’s writings.

Hilary rated it liked it Dec 16, From the library of author Terrence Penelhum with his signature and a note that this book is for review in Queen’s Quarterly. Nash rated degreew it was amazing Feb 04, Maritain proposes a hierarchy of the forms of knowledge by discussing the degrees of rational and suprarational understanding. There is so much in this book ot will captivate the reader many times over.

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 his political philosophy. Joseph rated it it was amazing Jun 21, The intuition of being that lies at the root of metaphysical enquiry is not “the vague being of common sense” see Preface to Metaphysicsp. Thus, in fine, to any with good will, I recommend this text highly. Beauty maritaun be found in nature as well as in art. Still, some of Maritain’s writings are polemical and, because ddegrees of his concern especially in the history of philosophy was to address very specific philosophical and theological issues of his time, they often have a rather dated character.


Sheed and Ward, ; Formal Logic. Other Internet Resources The Jacques Maritain Center, University of Notre Dame [includes electronic texts of a number of Maritain’s major texts, as well as transcriptions of manuscripts].

According to Maritain, in theological ,aritain, the divine is known by drawing not just on reason but on faith. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

The Degrees of Knowledge has the honor perhaps of being among the most well-worn texts upon my shelf of contemporary Thomistic texts. Nevertheless, we all know very maaritain that we were born — we came into existence. 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.

It focuses, therefore, on the essences of things and the natural classes to which those things belong. 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 mqritain employ are, by definition, unsuited to demonstrate certain things.

An “authentic existentialism,” Maritain writes, “affirm[s] the primacy of existence, but as implying and preserving essences or natures, and as manifesting the supreme victory of the intellect and intelligibility” ibid.

Maritain held that natural law theory entailed an account of human rights. Maritain’s early writings, then, sought to address some of the concerns arising out of these events. Maritain en notre temps. It is in virtue of their individuality that human beings have obligations to the social order, but it is in virtue of their personality that they cannot be subordinated to degreed order.

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