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

By Jacques Maritain

Jacques Maritain's An advent to Philosophy was once first released in 1931. for the reason that then, this publication has stood the attempt of time as a transparent consultant to what philosophy is and the way to philosophize. encouraged by means of the Thomistic Revival known as for through Leo XIII, Maritain is predicated seriously on Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas to form a philosophy that, faraway from sectarian theology in hide, is pushed by way of cause and engages the fashionable global. Re-released as a part of the Sheed & Ward vintage sequence, An advent to Philosophy is certain to liven up the minds of scholars and normal readers for future years. From the hot advent through Ralph McInerny: you're approximately to learn an impressive 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 one who draws any thinker an increasing number of as he grows older. although extraordinary and weird what he says turns into, the thinker yearns to teach how even the main abstruse claims should be positioned 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 sure consultant into philosophizing as such. And, after all, he'll locate that what he reads is basically just a refinement and improvement of what he and everyone else already knew.

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That great reahst advanced nothing a priori and always studied the historical development of a problem before he proposed his own solution, which thus appeared as the natural goal of a process of discovery. Such a method will no doubt compel us to undertake a considerable digression into the field of history, but it is, nevertheless, in our opinion indispensable. On the one hand, from the practical and educational standpoint, an account of the historical origins of INTRODUCTORY philosophic thought is the best method of acquainting beginners with the problems of philosophy, introducing them into the world, entirely new to them, of rational speculation, and furnishing them, incidentally, with much extremely useful knowledge.

Essence (a) In the wide sense {b) In the strict sense Characteristics of this essence Conclusion XII Further observations . Our intellect can apprehend essence Conclusion XIII Further observations . Essence is universal in the mind . Conclusion XIV Individual nature and matter : (a) Individual nature (b) First matter (c) Archetypal being (d) Nature, essence, and quiddity 189 189 191 191 194 197 201 201 203 203 203 205 207 207 208 209 210 213 VI. ONTOLOGY ! SUBSTANCE AND ACQDENT Origin of these notions Substance ....

Thomas, Sum. TheoL i, q. 103, a. 8, with Cajetan's Commentaty), ends by claiming to transcend the distinction of good and evil and denying the existence of moral evil. ^ The punishment of the wicked and foolish consisted accordingly in continuing to undergo in a series of reincarnations the pain of individual existence. The soul of the wise man, on the contrary, was delivered from the yoke of transmigration ; absorbed or reabsorbed in Atman, it escaped the sufferings of the world by losing all distinctive individuality.

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