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 Search for a Unitary Method. Citado en He buscado y he encontrado. What Maritain seems to give us here is an explanation of how one arrives at a certain proposition and of one’s certainty, but nothing more.

Maritain’s The Degrees of Knowledge

Maritain’s emphasis on the value of the human person has been described as a form of personalismwhich he saw as a via media between individualism and socialism. Nevertheless, he saw that philosophy had to do more than merely repeat Thomas’ views, and he took it upon himself to develop some aspects of Thomistic philosophy to address the problems of the contemporary world. Thus, since art is a virtue that aims at making, to be an artist requires aiming at making beautiful things Art and Scholasticismp.

Maritain distinguishes between the human being as an individual and as a person. But they are also persons. Les fondements thomistes du personnalisme de Maritain. Ships with Tracking Number! Thus, to employ a method of scientific demonstration to establish, or to criticize, claims about the object of metaphysical knowledge is, to use Ryle’s classic term, a category mistake.


The philosophy of nature lies, therefore, between the sciences and metaphysics; it is to be distinguished from metaphysics, which kbowledge with all being qua being, but also from the empiriological sciences, which deal with sensible being qua observable or measurable. Nevertheless, it is still connected to “intellectual act”.

And it is precisely because he holds that empiricist and Enlightenment epistemology do this that Maritain takes issue with them. Compton, Maude Boyden et al.

Univ of Notre Dame Pr. Previous owner’s name on end paper. Jacques Maritain —French philosopher and political thinker, was one of the principal exponents of Thomism in the twentieth century and an kjowledge interpreter of the thought of St Thomas Aquinas. The philosophy of nature, then, is a deductive science that remains at this first level of abstraction.

Maritain’s distinctive contribution is not, however, to the details of Thomistic metaphysics, but to bringing it into relation with modern science and philosophy, and to explaining its foundations. Catholic University of America Press, This implies that the first existence is the infinite plenitude of being, separate dgerees essence from all diversity of existents.

This is no surprise.

University of Notre Dame Press, Erjon rated it liked it Nov 21, Open access to the SEP is made possible by a world-wide funding initiative. Since Maritain holds that being is something that is grasped through intuition, one is not surprised to see that he will argue that one can attain knowledge of the existence of God not only through the Thomistic five ways, but also through intuition.

More broadly, art has a relation to the world; it can be a response to the world, but its expression is also determined by the world and by the work itself.


As one has the intuition of being and pursues this investigation into being, one is led into the traditional questions of metaphysics and natural theology. Man’s destiny in eternity. Two other areas in which Maritain’s thought has been influential are his aesthetics and his philosophy of education.

The creative self, he writes, “dies to itself in order to live in [its] work” Creative Intuitionp.

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The Degrees Of Knowledge

The levels in this hierarchy are determined, then, by how and the extent to which what is known is abstracted from matter. While certainly no longer central in contemporary debate in aesthetics, Maritain’s views continue to have a broad audience. Collection “Courier de Iles. During this time he wrote a number of books, the best-known of which was Mqritain paysan de la Garonne a work sharply critical of post-Vatican Council reformspublished in The natural law is “universal and invariable” and deals with “the maritian and duties which follow [necessarily] from the first principle” see Man and the Statepp.