Translated from the fourth French edition under the supervision of Gerald B. PhelanPresented by Ralph McInerny
_Distinguer pour unir, ou Les degrés du savoir _ was first published in 1932 by Jacques Maritain. In this new translation of The Degrees of Knowledge, Ralph McInerny attempts a more careful expression of Maritain’s original masterpiece than previous translations. Maritain proposes a hierarchy of the forms of knowledge by discussing the degrees of rational and suprarational understanding. 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. Rightly called Maritain’s cardinal work, The Degrees of Knowledge is a magnificent and sagacious achievement.
“One can open The Degrees of Knowledge to almost any page and discover there something worth thinking about.” — Pastoral Life
“The Degrees of Knowledge represents one of the most complete articulations of Maritain’s incorporation of the thinking of Saint Thomas Aquinas into his work.” — The Library Quarterly
“_The Degrees of Knowledge_ remains interesting and valuable because it deals with a theme that is characteristic of, but antedates, much of postmodern thought—i.e., the critique of ‘modern epistemology.’ — études maritainiennes