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Jacques Maritain's An advent to Philosophy was once first released in 1931. considering that then, this publication has stood the try out of time as a transparent consultant to what philosophy is and the way to philosophize. encouraged through the Thomistic Revival referred to as for through Leo XIII, Maritain is predicated seriously on Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas to form a philosophy that, faraway from sectarian theology in cover, is pushed by way of cause and engages the trendy international. Re-released as a part of the Sheed & Ward vintage sequence, An advent to Philosophy is bound to brighten up the minds of scholars and basic readers for years yet to come. From the recent advent through Ralph McInerny: you're approximately to learn an impressive creation not just to one of those philosophy yet to philosophizing itself. Jacques Maritain used to be a comparatively younger guy while he wrote this booklet, yet his attempt is one who draws any thinker increasingly more as he grows older. although ordinary and weird what he says turns into, the thinker yearns to teach how even the main abstruse claims should be placed into relation with what the reader already understands. That, in its essence, is what instructing is. during this ebook, the reader will discover a clever and likely advisor into philosophizing as such. And, after all, he'll locate that what he reads is absolutely just a refinement and improvement of what he and everyone else already knew.

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129 Further considerations . 129 Conclusion III . -132 VUI. PHILOSOPHY AND COMMON SENSE . '133 Unscientific knowledge . -133 Philosophy is derived from common sense, understood as the natural apprehension of first principles . 136 Common sense may accidentally judge philosophy . . 138 Conclusion IV . 141 The method of philosophy . 141 PART TWO THE CLASSIFICATION OF PHILOSOPHY 147 CONTENTS The problem of universals (a) Nominalism (b) ReaUsm . (c) Moderate Realism 159 159 160 160 III. THE PHILOSOPHY OF MATHEMATICS AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF NATURE The term body .

170 Abstraction : Problem of human nature Conflicting schools .... 172 172 174 163 IV. CRITICISM (ePISTEMOLOOY) Being qua being. Criticism .... Problem of truth Conclusion IX Conflicting schools : . (a) Scepticism (b) Rationalism (c) Moderate intellectualism Problem of the object of the intellect Conclusion X . Being and intelligibility Conclusion XI . 14 178 178 179 181 181 182 182 183 185 187 187 187 CONTENTS V. ONTOLOGY : ESSENCE Problems of ontology. Essence (a) In the wide sense {b) In the strict sense Characteristics of this essence Conclusion XII Further observations .

It is the wisdom of man as man, which he ' Cicero, Tusc, v. 8 ; cf. Diogenes Laertius, i, 12. » Aristotle, Metaph. i, 2, 982 b. St. , 1. 3. Cf. , 7, a. 7. AN INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY acquires by the labour of his intellect, and it is for that very reason that his wisdom is gained with such difficulty and held so insecurely, and that those who seek it should be called philosophers rather than wise men. Such is the nature of philosophy derived from the etymology of the term and its employment in ordinary speech.

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