Scholasticism and Politics Author:Jacques Maritain Scholasticism and Politics is Jacques Maritain's brilliant and powerful exposition of his idea of the human person considered in its spiritual dignity and the concrete conditions of its actual existence on earth. — He begins by presenting his general ideas concerning integral humanism and the crisis the modern world is undergoing. He then consid... more »ers the basic element of the dignity of human beings -- human capacity for knowing truth; what personality is; what constitutes the freedom of the human person; and what is the meaning and finality of its life. After explaining his general ideas on these vital points, he then presents suggestions for solving some of the fundamental problems of practical philosopy and the philosophy of modern history, examing the failure of the materialist theories which sprang from a false interpretation of Freud's discoveries and analyzing the relationship between Catholic action and political action. Finally, he presents his conclusion that a sound philosophy of the person ca lead to the rediscovery of a new democracy and of a new Christian civilization.
Jacques Maritain is universally acknowledged as one of the world's leading philosophers. In Scholasticism and Politics, he brings the full force of his erudition and vast learning to bear on a theme of vital importance to the modern world. The result, as one might well expect, is a provocative, distinguished and eminently readable book.« less