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The Writings of Charles De Koninck
448 pages, 6.14 x 9.21
Paperback | 9780268026233 | March 2016
Hardcover | 9780268025977 | June 2009
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Volume 2 of The Writings of Charles De Koninck carries on the project begun by volume 1 of presenting the first English edition of the collected works of the Catholic Thomist philosopher Charles De Koninck (1906–1965). Ralph McInerny (1929–2010) was the project editor and prepared the excellent translations.
This volume begins with two works published in 1943: Ego Sapientia: The Wisdom That Is Mary, De Koninck's first study in Mariology, and The Primacy of the Common Good Against the Personalists (with The Principle of the New Order), which generated a strong critical reaction. Included in this volume are two reviews of The Primacy of the Common Good, by Yves R. Simon and I. Thomas Eschmann, O.P., and De Koninck's substantial response to Eschmann in his lengthy “In Defence of St. Thomas.” The volume concludes with a group of short essays: “The Dialectic of Limits as Critique of Reason,” “Notes on Marxism,” “This Is a Hard Saying,” “[Review of] Between Heaven and Earth,” and “Concept, Process, and Reality.”
Charles De Koninck was on the faculty of Québec’s Université de Laval and was director of Laval’s philosophy faculty from 1939 to 1956. He lectured frequently in the United States, as well as in Latin America, Europe, and Canada.
“Volume Two of The Writings of Charles De Koninck reveals a Thomist at home not merely in the deepest questions of natural science and natural philosophy, but also in the highest reaches of ethical and political philosophy, and in the most wonderful realm of revealed theology. De Koninck combines a justified confidence in his wisdom about the highest things with humility and gratitude for the gift of that wisdom. The series edited by Dr. McInerny is taking shape as a recovered treasure of a philosopher who labored to receive, and to pass on, the gift of wisdom.“ —David Quackenbush, Thomas Aquinas College
“This is the second volume of a . . . series of the collected works of the Catholic Thomist Charles de Koninck. He was on the faculty of Quebec’s Laval University and director of Laval’s Philosophy Faculty from 1939 to 1956. His works belong to the same class of Thomistic writings of such individuals as Etienne Gilson and Jacques Maritain.” —Catholic Library World