Existence and the Existent Author:Jacques Maritain The most significant philosophical trend of the post-war era is existentialism, particularly the atheistic existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre. Is this a new philosophy? What are its philosophical antecedents? What place does it occupy in the mainstream of metaphysical thought? What is the attitude of a modern Thomist on existentialism? — In this ... more »book the most celebrated Catholic philosopher of our time, Jacques Maritain, trenchantly answers these and other vital questions. He finds the core of true existentialism in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and traces the false existentialism epitomized by Sartre to Cartesian philosophy.
With characteristic lucidity and eloquence, Maritain sets forth his opinions of the various different schools of existential thought, including Christian existenrialism, makes penetrating observations on the relation of philosophy to religion, and lays bare the fallacy at the heart of atheistic existentialism.
Praising this book, Best Sellers summed up its review in these words: ". . . the nature of the subject matter does not make it easy reading. Yet it ought to be read by anyone who has had a formal or home-made course in metaphysics and especially by those who are interested in contemporary existentialism."« less