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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The natural law is “universal and invariable” and deals with “the rights and duties which follow [necessarily] from the first principle” see Man and the Statepp.

Interestingly, since the end of the Cold War, there has been a revival of Maritain’s political ideas in Central and Eastern Europe.

Catholic University of America Press, Maritain’s primary work in epistemology is Distinguer pour unir: University of Notre Dame Press, Maritain places this knowledge at the level of the preconscious intellect. Louis Rouart et Fils, According to Jaroslav Pelikan, writing in the Saturday Review of Literature, “He laments that in avant-garde Roman Catholic theology today he can ‘read nothing about the redeeming sacrifice or the merits of the Passion.

Maritain’s work nevertheless remains influential. Metaphysics, then, properly includes an investigation into the cause of being — i.

Neither the positive law nor the droit des gens is, however, deducible from the natural law alone. Marltain, Maritain writes that the ‘making’ at which art aims is something that is demanded by the end of the activity itself, not the particular interest of the artist.


Jacques Maritain

May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Following brief service in the first world war, Maritain returned to teaching and research. With the outbreak of war at the end ofMaritain decided not to return to France. There are approaches that one may take in order to acquire this grasp or intuition, but there is no method that one may follow that produces it.

And it is precisely because he holds that empiricist and Enlightenment epistemology do this that Maritain takes issue with them. 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. Finally, it would seem that the model of demonstration that Maritain employs is foundationalist and, thus, has to answer to those criticisms that modern anti-foundationalism draws attention to — e.

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Maritain also acknowledges the possibility of a natural, pre-philosophical, but still rational knowledge of God see Approches de Dieupp. Academic Tools How to cite this entry.

University of Florida Press, Neither is known connaturally and, therefore, is not part of the natural law.

Maritain also favoured a number of liberal ideals, and the list of rights that he recognises extends significantly beyond that found in many liberal theories, and includes the rights of workers as well as those of the human and the civic degreds.


But they are also persons. A key notion in Maritain’s moral philosophy is that of human freedom. Some recent defences of Thomistic epistemology e. Maritain’s distinctive contribution is not, however, to the details of Thomistic metaphysics, but to bringing it into relation with modern science and philosophy, and to explaining its foundations. La ortodoxia de Jacques Maritain, ante un ataque recente.

Enhanced bibliography for this entry at PhilPaperswith links to its database. Thus, he insists that we can say that we know some things about God. Maritain held that natural rights are fundamental and inalienable, and antecedent in nature, and superior, to society.

It seeks to provide an ontological analysis of corporeal, sensible ‘moving being’ ens mobile ; specifically, it involves a search for the dfgrees principles of physical things — i.

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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. Henry Bars and Eric Jourdan. David Williams rated it did not like it Jul 10,

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