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

By Jacques Maritain

Jacques Maritain's An creation to Philosophy used to be first released in 1931. due to the fact then, this publication has stood the try of time as a transparent advisor to what philosophy is and the way to philosophize. encouraged by means of the Thomistic Revival referred to as for by means of 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 through 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 normal readers for years yet to come. From the recent advent by means of Ralph McInerny: you're approximately to learn a powerful advent not just to a type of philosophy yet to philosophizing itself. Jacques Maritain used to be a comparatively younger guy while he wrote this publication, yet his attempt is one who draws any thinker increasingly more as he grows older. notwithstanding strange and strange what he says turns into, the thinker yearns to teach how even the main abstruse claims could be placed into relation with what the reader already is aware. 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 absolutely just a refinement and improvement of what he and everyone else already knew.

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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.

In all probability Heaven {Tien) was in origin simply a metaphorical synonym of the Sovereign Ruler {Skang-H). C. threatened their civiHsation with utter ruin. It has long been beUeved that the Chinese sages were simply moralists wholly occupied with laying down rules of conduct and completely indifferent to metaphysical speculation. This is a true account only of Confucius and his followers ; it does not seem to be appHcable to Lao-Tse, though we can only accept with considerable reserve the interpretations of his teaching offered by certain modern Taoists.

Yet, thus, I have but returned to the method followed by Aristotle himself. The first three books of his Metaphysics are, in fact, nothing but an extensive introduction. A work of this kind, if it is to be thorough, demands the detailed discussion of certain points, without which the study it seeks to promote would lose all its value as a mental discipline. I should be untrue to tradi- PREFACE tional philosophy if I reduced it to a few main theses which have lost their freshness, and a few commonplaces of a spiritualist metaphysic, and neglected to bring out its fine intellectual contours and display its power of penetrating analysis.

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