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 Degrees Of Knowledge

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Maritain’s early education and university maritaon were in the natural sciences. Georges and Christianne Brazzola, Fayard, While natural science and natural philosophy both focus on the physical, the natural philosopher — unlike the scientist — is concerned with the essence of the object and its definition or, at the very least, an account of its various properties.

For Maritain, essences do not preexist existence; essences might pf better seen as “capacities to exist” [ ibid.

Degrees of Knowledge by Jacques Maritain

Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, Maritain places this knowledge at the level of the preconscious intellect. Artistic activity is, for Maritain, part of the basic drive in humans to create and make. This artistic knowledge is an instance of what Maritain calls, in general, knowledge though connaturality; it is a kind of ‘creative intuition’ that arises out of “the free creativity of the spirit” Creative Intuitionp.

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Since the natural end of each person is to achieve moral and spiritual perfection, it is necessary to have the means to do so, i. In this new translation of The Degrees of KnowledgeRalph McInerny attempts a more careful expression of Maritain’s original masterpiece than previous translations. Quotes from Degrees of Knowledge.


Neither the positive law nor the droit des gens is, however, deducible from the natural law jaxques.

Maritain writes, “it belongs to the philosophy of nature to instruct us about the nature of the continuum and of number, of quantity, of space, of motion, of time, of corporeal substance, of transitive action, of vegetative and sensitive life, of the soul and its operative powers, etc. First, in the order of rational knowledge, one can speak of the knowledge of sensible nature i.

Because of the nature of the objects of metaphysics, this latter kind of knowledge does not involve logical inference as much as reasoning by analogy or what Maritain calls ananoetic knowledge. The Metaphysics of Knowledge. For example, Maritain would follow Aquinas in holding that metaphysics uses demonstratio quia — demonstration from effects. Herder and Herder, It has an intellectual character, is a grasp of something that is intelligible, and requires “a certain level of intellectual spirituality” ibid.

Princeton University Press, Both were struck by the spiritual aridity of French intellectual life and made a vow to commit suicide within a year should they not find some answer to the maritxin meaninglessness of life. The Catholic Church in France was, not surprisingly, in some turmoil, and a defense of religious orthodoxy was called for from several quarters.

Paperbackpages. But, since the state of certainty of an individual is not the same as the assertion that that person knows something to be true, it is not clear that the pre-philosophical approach provides one with an adequate basis to say that a religious belief is true, only that one is convinced of it. Nevertheless, Maritain’s account of religious belief and its relation to argument and proof is not complete.


Thus, to say that religious beliefs are propositional in form is not to say that their function is only descriptive. It is knowledgd knowledge of reality — of a “concrete reality” — albeit one that “tends and extends to the infinite” Creative Intuitionp. Previous owner’s name on end paper. Sign in Create an account. The project of publishing Oeuvres Completes of Jacques and Raissa Maritain has been in maritajn sincewith seven volumes now in print.

The Degrees Of Knowledge by Maritain, Jacques

Newman on the Aims of Education. Maritain’s philosophical work has been translated into some twenty languages. The Philosophy of Jacques Maritain. National Academy of Education. Nine appendices, some longer than the chapters of the book, advance Maritain’s thought, often by taking on criticism of earlier editions of the work. Kikuchi – – Nursing Philosophy 5 1: It would take a good deal of time and concerted attention to read this.

Degrees oc Knowledge by Jacques Jqcques. Marquette University Press, Thus, Maritain clearly rejects legal positivism. As a creative activity, it is ultimately dependent upon and Maritain says that it is “ordained to” the creator and, therefore, it has a relation to the divine and to the transcendentals of goodness, truth, and unity.