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. when you consider that then, this ebook has stood the try of time as a transparent advisor to what philosophy is and the way to philosophize. encouraged via the Thomistic Revival known 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 cover, is pushed via cause and engages the trendy global. Re-released as a part of the Sheed & Ward vintage sequence, An creation to Philosophy is certain to brighten up the minds of scholars and common readers for years yet to come. From the hot advent by means 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 whilst he wrote this publication, yet his attempt is one who draws any thinker progressively more as he grows older. besides the fact that atypical and strange what he says turns into, the thinker yearns to teach how even the main abstruse claims might be placed into relation with what the reader already is familiar with. That, in its essence, is what educating is. during this publication, the reader will discover a clever and likely advisor into philosophizing as such. And, in any case, he'll locate that what he reads is de facto just a refinement and improvement of what he and everyone else already knew.

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It is not surprising that all peoples in the primitive^ stage of history were ignorant of philosophic speculation. But it is more astonishing that even certain civilisations were devoid of philosophy—for example, the Semitic, and the Egyptian, which is, in this respect, in the same category as the Semitic. Despite the high level of scientific culture reached by the intellectual aristocracy of these races, the sole philosophic conceptions, it would seem, which the Egyptians and Chaldeans possessed were a few very general ideas, implicit in their religion, concerning the Deity, the human soul and its state after death, and the precepts of morality.

B) Their apparent incompatibility (c) Solved by the concept potentiality Potency or potentiality Act Conclusion XVII The nature of change Act and potentiaHty in things Axioms i-vii .... Conflicting schools Terminology : . (a) Material and formal (b) Virtual and formal (actual) (c) Implicit and explicit (d) In express act, in accomplished act . . . 239 239 239 241 242 242 244 245 246 246 248 250 251 252 254 255 255 VIII. THEODICY (natural THEOLOGY) Subsistent being itself 257 257 IX. THE PHILOSOPHY OF ART.

217 217 222 224 224 227 227 228 230 233 233 CONTENTS VII. ONTOLOGY : ACT AND POTENTIALITY Origin of these notions (a) Identity and change . (b) Their apparent incompatibility (c) Solved by the concept potentiality Potency or potentiality Act Conclusion XVII The nature of change Act and potentiaHty in things Axioms i-vii .... Conflicting schools Terminology : . (a) Material and formal (b) Virtual and formal (actual) (c) Implicit and explicit (d) In express act, in accomplished act . . . 239 239 239 241 242 242 244 245 246 246 248 250 251 252 254 255 255 VIII.

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