160 pages, 5.25 x 8.00
Paperback | 9780268004347 | August 1989
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268161385 | August 1989
eBook (Web PDF) | 9780268161378 | August 1989
This volume, first published a year before Mounier’s death, is his final definition of personalism. It is an eloquent and lucid statement of a perspective in which “man’s supreme adventure is to fight injustice wherever it is found and whatever the consequences” (from the Foreword).
Emmanuel Mounier (1905–1950) was one of the foremost proponents of the philosophy of personalism and a leader of the French personalist movement of the 1930s. He was the founder of the influential journal Esprit, in which personalism was presented not as an abstract philosophy for academics but as the basis for dynamic confrontation with present-day society. Mounier’s work included critiques of capitalism and liberal democracy, of the “bourgeois spirit” of French society, and of fascism and inhumanity in all its varieties, from the hypocrisy of Mussolini’s attack on Abyssinia to the “holy war” of Franco and his supporters in the name of Christian civilization. Mounier’s philosophy was one of combat, dialogue, and constant engagement with the great issues of his time.
“American Personalists will find much to commend in the philosophical portions of . . . Personalism. [It] bears many beautifully stated definitions with the clarity so generally characteristic of French philosophical expression.” —The Philosophical Review
“This is a . . . book . . . to arouse championship and . . . initiate discussion.” —Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review
“. . . the whole book is intellectually stimulating.” —Philosophy