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Integral Humanism, Freedom in the Modern World, and A Letter on Independence, Revised Edition

Integral Humanism, Freedom in the Modern World, and A Letter on Independence, Revised Edition

Jacques Maritain
Edited by Otto Bird; translated by Otto Bird, Joseph Evans, and Richard O’Sullivan, K.C.

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.

ISBN: 978-0-268-01177-2
368 pages
Publication Year: 1996

Otto A. Bird was the founder and first director of the General Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He was the author of several books, including Cultures in Conflict: An Essay in the Philosophy of the Humanities (University of Notre Dame Press, 1978).

P00438

Person and the Common Good

Jacques Maritain
Translated by John J. Fitzgerald

P00485

Untrammeled Approaches

Jacques Maritain
Edited by Bernard E. Doering

P00506

Bergsonian Philosophy and Thomism

Jacques Maritain
Translated by Mabelle L. Andison in collaboration with J. Gordon AndisonPresented by Ralph McInerny

P03364

William Desmond and Contemporary Theology


Edited by Christopher Ben Simpson and Brendan Thomas Sammon

P03313

Linguistics and Philosophy

An Essay on the Philosophical Constants of Language

Étienne Gilson
Translated by John Lyon

P00201

Introductory Modal Logic

Kenneth J. Konyndyk, Jr.

Integral Humanism, Freedom in the Modern World, and A Letter on Independence, Revised Edition

Jacques Maritain
Edited by Otto Bird; translated by Otto Bird, Joseph Evans, and Richard O’Sullivan, K.C.

 Integral Humanism, Freedom in the Modern World, and A Letter on Independence, Revised Edition
Cloth Edition
Paper Edition

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.

ISBN: 978-0-268-01177-2

368 pages

The Collected Works of Jacques Maritain