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Person and the Common Good

The Person and the Common Good

Jacques Maritain
Translated by John J. Fitzgerald

The Person and the Common Good, originally published in 1947, presents Jacques Maritain’s clearest and most sustained treatment of the person. He asks whether the person is simply the self and nothing more. After more than half a century, Maritain’s question still has great validity, given the current inordinate preoccupation with individualism.

Presenting with moving insight the relations between man, as a person and as an individual, and the society of which he is a part, Maritain’s treatment of a lasting topic speaks to this generation as well as those to come.

He makes clear the personalism rooted in the doctrine of St. Thomas and separates the social philosophy centered in the dignity of the human person from every social philosophy centered in the primacy of the individual and the private good.

ISBN: 978-0-268-16008-1
108 pages
Publication Year: 1966

Jacques Maritain (1882–1973) was one of the twentieth century’s greatest Christian philosophers. He is the author of, among other books, The Degrees of Knowledge, Untrammeled Approaches, and Integral Humanism, Freedom in the Modern World, and A Letter on Independence, all also published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

P00198

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.

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

P00732

Ethics as Grammar

Changing the Postmodern Subject

Brad J. Kallenberg

The Person and the Common Good

Jacques Maritain
Translated by John J. Fitzgerald

The Person and the Common Good
Cloth Edition
Paper Edition

The Person and the Common Good, originally published in 1947, presents Jacques Maritain’s clearest and most sustained treatment of the person. He asks whether the person is simply the self and nothing more. After more than half a century, Maritain’s question still has great validity, given the current inordinate preoccupation with individualism.

Presenting with moving insight the relations between man, as a person and as an individual, and the society of which he is a part, Maritain’s treatment of a lasting topic speaks to this generation as well as those to come.

He makes clear the personalism rooted in the doctrine of St. Thomas and separates the social philosophy centered in the dignity of the human person from every social philosophy centered in the primacy of the individual and the private good.

ISBN: 978-0-268-16008-1

108 pages