An Introduction to Philosophy (A Sheed & Ward Classic) by Jacques Maritain

By Jacques Maritain

Jacques Maritain's An creation to Philosophy was once first released in 1931. when you consider that then, this publication has stood the try out of time as a transparent consultant to what philosophy is and the way to philosophize. encouraged by means of the Thomistic Revival referred to as for by way of Leo XIII, Maritain is based 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 international. Re-released as a part of the Sheed & Ward vintage sequence, An creation to Philosophy is bound to liven up the minds of scholars and normal readers for future years. From the hot creation via 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 publication, yet his attempt is person who draws any thinker an increasing number of as he grows older. although bizarre and weird what he says turns into, the thinker yearns to teach how even the main abstruse claims may be positioned into relation with what the reader already understands. That, in its essence, is what educating is. during this booklet, the reader will discover a clever and likely consultant into philosophizing as such. And, finally, he'll locate that what he reads is admittedly just a refinement and improvement of what he and everyone else already knew.

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THEODICY (natural THEOLOGY) Subsistent being itself 257 257 IX. THE PHILOSOPHY OF ART. ETHICS Introduction The philosophy of art Ethics Divisions of ethics Conflicting schools 261 261 261 264 267 268 CONCLUSION .... Classification of philosophy 271 271 INTRODUCTORY Philosophers were once called wise men. It was Pythagoras who first invented the term philosophy (91X1* TT^i^ (To^iat;', love of wisdom),^ observing that wisdom belongs in the strict sense to God alone, and for that reason not wishing to be called a wise man, but simply a friend or lover of wisdom.

133 Unscientific knowledge . -133 Philosophy is derived from common sense, understood as the natural apprehension of first principles . 136 Common sense may accidentally judge philosophy . . 138 Conclusion IV . 141 The method of philosophy . 141 PART TWO THE CLASSIFICATION OF PHILOSOPHY 147 CONTENTS The problem of universals (a) Nominalism (b) ReaUsm . (c) Moderate Realism 159 159 160 160 III. THE PHILOSOPHY OF MATHEMATICS AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF NATURE The term body . The philosophy of mathematics The philosophy of nature (a) Mechanism (b) Dynamism (c) Hylomorphism Psychology Problem of the origin of ideas Conclusion VIII .

It distinguishes in the supreme and sole First Principle or Perfection two different aspects, Chien^ the unmovirig and unknowable source of all activity, and Chuen, knowable activity, which eternally manifests perfection in a process of spiral evolution and an endless flux of forms. But these two aspects merge in one single and self-identical being, and all things, after passing through all the forms 1 Raymond Lull, in his attempts to create an ideographic algebra, employed an analogous procedure.

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