Degrees of Knowledge

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Distinguer pour unir, ou Les degres 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.
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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268008864
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Collected Works of Jacques Maritain Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 810,796
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

RALPH MCINERNY (1929-2010) was Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies and director emeritus of the Jacques Maritain Center, University of Notre Dame. He was the author of numerous works in philosophy, literature, fiction, and journalism, including The Very Rich Hours of Jacques Maritain, Characters in Search of Their Author, and his autobiography, I Alone Have Escaped to Tell You, all published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Original French Edition
Postscript to the Second Edition
Postscript to the Third Edition
Maritain Chronology
Ch. I The Majesty and Poverty of Metaphysics 1
Ch. II Philosophy and Experimental Science 23
Ch. III Critical Realism 75
Ch. IV Knowledge of Sensible Nature 145
Ch. V Metaphysical Knowledge 215
Ch. VI Mystical Experience and Philosophy 263
Ch. VII Augustinian Wisdom 310
Ch. VIII St. John of the Cross, Practitioner of Contemplation 329
Ch. IX Todo Y Nada 375
Appendix I: The Concept 411
Appendix II: On Analogy 442
Appendix III: What God Is 446
Appendix IV: On the Notion of Subsistence 454
Appendix V: On a Work of Father Gardeil 469
Appendix VI: Some Clarifications 475
Appendix VII: "Speculative" and "Practical" 481
Appendix VIII: "Le Amara Tanto Como es Amada" 490
Appendix IX: The "Cautelas" of St. John of the Cross 493
Index 496
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