New PDF release: An Introduction to Philosophy (A Sheed & Ward Classic)

By Jacques Maritain

ISBN-10: 0742550532

ISBN-13: 9780742550537

Jacques Maritain's An creation to Philosophy was once first released in 1931. on account that then, this e-book has stood the try of time as a transparent consultant to what philosophy is and the way to philosophize. encouraged through the Thomistic Revival referred to as for via Leo XIII, Maritain is predicated seriously on Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas to form a philosophy that, faraway from sectarian theology in conceal, is pushed by way of cause and engages the trendy global. Re-released as a part of the Sheed & Ward vintage sequence, An advent to Philosophy is bound to brighten up the minds of scholars and common readers for years yet to come. From the hot advent by way of Ralph McInerny: you're approximately to learn a powerful advent not just to one of those philosophy yet to philosophizing itself. Jacques Maritain was once a comparatively younger guy while he wrote this ebook, yet his attempt is person who draws any thinker an increasing number of as he grows older. in spite of the fact that extraordinary and weird what he says turns into, the thinker yearns to teach how even the main abstruse claims will be placed into relation with what the reader already is familiar with. That, in its essence, is what educating is. during this ebook, the reader will discover a clever and likely advisor into philosophizing as such. And, in spite of everything, he'll locate that what he reads is actually just a refinement and improvement of what he and everyone else already knew.

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PRE -PHI LO S OPHIC THOUGHT infused wisdom which accompanies it. Its aim is union with God by knowledge, not by love. Instead of admitting an activity overflowing from its own superabundance, it withdraws from activity of any kind, which it abandons wholly to the inferior powers. By this metaphysical contemplation, Brahmanism proposes to put us gradually in possession of our last end and initiate us into the blessed state of the delivered. Since it thus strives to reach by man's unaided powers heights which grace alone can attain, it results in a pseudo-mysticism of a purely intellectual character (in contrast to other, purely emotional, forms of false mysticism) in which the wise man, hoping not only to be united with God, but to blend with him, intoxicates himself not with God, but with his own self-annihilation.

166 169 . 170 Abstraction : Problem of human nature Conflicting schools .... 172 172 174 163 IV. CRITICISM (ePISTEMOLOOY) Being qua being. Criticism .... Problem of truth Conclusion IX Conflicting schools : . (a) Scepticism (b) Rationalism (c) Moderate intellectualism Problem of the object of the intellect Conclusion X . Being and intelligibility Conclusion XI . 14 178 178 179 181 181 182 182 183 185 187 187 187 CONTENTS V. ONTOLOGY : ESSENCE Problems of ontology. Essence (a) In the wide sense {b) In the strict sense Characteristics of this essence Conclusion XII Further observations .

Plato .... (a) His theory of ideas . (b) His system of philosophy (c) Its limitations . Aristotle .... (a) Corrections of Plato . (b) The Aristotelian system (c) Aristotle's works Aristotle and St. Thomas . Philosophia perennis 74 75 75 78 81 82 83 87 92 97 99 V, DEFINITION OF PHILOSOPHY . Scientific knowledge . Its material object Its formal object Conclusion I Further considerations 102 103 107 108 loB VI, PHILOSOPHY AND THE SPECIAL SCIENCES Philosophy judges the special sciences It governs them It defends them It is pre-eminendy free Further observations .

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