Methodical Realism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 112

Methodical Realism

This short book is a work of one of the 20th century's greatest philosophers and historians of philosophy, Etienne Gilson. The book's title, taken from the first chapter, may sound esoteric but it reflects a common-sense outlook on the world, applied in a methodical way. That approach, known as realism, consists in emphasizing the fact that what is real precedes our concepts about it. In contrast to realism stands idealism, which refers to the philosophical outlook that begins with ideas and tries to move from them to things. Gilson shows how the common-sense notion of realism, though denied by many thinkers, is indispensible for a correct understanding of things--of what is and how we know ...

The Unity of Philosophical Experience
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 285

The Unity of Philosophical Experience

"Lectures ... given at Harvard University in the first half of the academic year 1936-37"--Foreword.

God and Philosophy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 147

God and Philosophy

In this work, the Catholic philosopher Etienne Gilson deals with one of the most important and perplexing metaphysical problems: the relation between our notion of God and demonstrations of his existence.

Thomism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 454

Thomism

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2002-01-01
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  • Publisher: PIMS

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Heloise and Abelard
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 194

Heloise and Abelard

Recounts the most famous love story of the Middle Ages

Christian Philosophy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 139

Christian Philosophy

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1993-01-01
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  • Publisher: PIMS

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Art and Intellect in the Philosophy of Etienne Gilson
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 363

Art and Intellect in the Philosophy of Etienne Gilson

  • Categories: Art

In Art and Intellect in the Philosophy of Étienne Gilson, Francesca Aran Murphy tells the story of this French philosopher's struggle to reconcile faith and reason. In his lifetime, Gilson often stood alone in presenting Saint Thomas Aquinas as a theologian, one whose philosophy came from his faith. Today, Gilson's view is becoming the prevalent one. Murphy provides us with an intellectual biography of this Thomist leader throughout the stages of his scholarly development. Murphy covers more than a half century of Gilson's life while reminding readers of the political and social realities that confronted intellectuals of the early twentieth century. She shows the effects inner-church politi...

A Thomistic Tapestry
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 243

A Thomistic Tapestry

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2003-01-01
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  • Publisher: Rodopi

This book, written by well-known students of Etienne Gilson and especially dedicated to Armand A. Maurer, helps inaugurate a long-overdue special series in philosophy honoring Gilson s legendary scholarship. It presents wide-ranging expositions of Thomist realism in the tradition of Gilsonian humanism covering themes related to philosophy in general, historical method, aesthetics, metaphysics, epistemology, and politics."

Medieval Essays
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 234

Medieval Essays

When Gilson died in 1978, a great deal of his work on the history of philosophy, and specifically God, the primacy of existence or esse over essence, and the impact of Christianity on philosophy had been translated. A significant amount of material, however, has not yet appeared into English. The publication of Medieval studies represents a vital step in bringing these important works into the English-speaking world. The opening piece revisits a battle now won (and won in great measure by Gilson's efforts), namely the fight to acknowledge the very existence of medieval philosophy and win its place in the academic world. But the article also makes the effort--which becomes a connecting thread...

Dante and Philosophy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 348

Dante and Philosophy

The object of this work is to define Dante’s attitude or, if need be, his successive attitudes towards philosophy. It is therefore a question of ascertaining the character, function and place which Dante assigned to this branch of learning among the activities of man. My purpose has not been to single out, classify and list Dante’s numerous philosophical ideas, still less to look for their sources or to decide what doctrinal influences determined the evolution of his thought.