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Collected Works of Jacques Maritain #11: Integral Humanism; Freedom in the Modern World; And, a Letter on Independence

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The three books presented in this volume, Integral Humanism, Freedom in the Modern World, and A Letter on Independence, were all written in the early 1930s, a time of dire trouble for France. France was then surrounded by enemies preparing for war and was itself so violently split between parties of Left and Right that it seemed on the verge of Civil War. In this collection, Jacques Maritain accepts the responsibility of a Christian philosopher to actively address the agonizing practical problems of the time.

Maritain discusses major political issues such as the relation of freedom and religion, the opposition of democracy to any form of totalitarianism, the relation of the spiritual and the temporal, the need for an integral and Christian humanism, and the prospects for a new Christian civilization, all in opposition to the materialism of both communism and capitalism.

Against the fierce antagonism of the parties of the political Left and Right, Maritain declares a plague on both their houses and strongly affirms the need for independence from both of them. He does so by distinguishing between two senses of the terms Left and Right, one denoting a temperamental or physiological disposition, the other a definite political position. In the latter sense, Maritain asserts that he is an independent, while acknowledging that he is, by temperament, a man of the Left.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780268011772
Editor:
Bird, Otto
Translator:
O'Sullivan, Richard
Translator:
O'Sullivan, Richard
Translator:
Bird, Otto; Evans, Joseph; O'Sullivan, Richard
Author:
O'Sullivan, Richard
Author:
Maritain, Jacques
Author:
Evans, Joseph
Author:
Bird, Otto
Publisher:
University of Notre Dame Press
Location:
Notre Dame, Ind. :
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
France
Subject:
Humanism
Subject:
Liberty
Subject:
Free will and determinism
Subject:
Christianity and politics
Subject:
Right and left (political science)
Subject:
Sociology, christian
Subject:
Civilization, christian
Subject:
France Politics and government 1914-1940.
Subject:
Right and left
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Christian sociology
Subject:
Catholic Church--Doctrines
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Number:
Revised
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
ND Maritain Collected Works
Series Volume:
104-111
Publication Date:
19960431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Reference » Science Reference » General

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The three books presented in this volume, Integral Humanism, Freedom in the Modern World, and A Letter on Independence, were all written in the early 1930s, a time of dire trouble for France. France was then surrounded by enemies preparing for war and was itself so violently split between parties of Left and Right that it seemed on the verge of Civil War. In this collection, Jacques Maritain accepts the responsibility of a Christian philosopher to actively address the agonizing practical problems of the time.

Maritain discusses major political issues such as the relation of freedom and religion, the opposition of democracy to any form of totalitarianism, the relation of the spiritual and the temporal, the need for an integral and Christian humanism, and the prospects for a new Christian civilization, all in opposition to the materialism of both communism and capitalism.

Against the fierce antagonism of the parties of the political Left and Right, Maritain declares a plague on both their houses and strongly affirms the need for independence from both of them. He does so by distinguishing between two senses of the terms Left and Right, one denoting a temperamental or physiological disposition, the other a definite political position. In the latter sense, Maritain asserts that he is an independent, while acknowledging that he is, by temperament, a man of the Left.

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