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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

The best summary of this book is in the author's foreword: "It is the proper aim and scope of the present book to show that the history of philosophy makes philosophical sense, and to define its meaning in regard to the nature of philosophical knowledge itself. For that reason, the various doctrines, as well as the definite parts of these doctrines, which have been taken into account in this volume, should not be considered as arbitrarily selected fragments from some abridged description of medieval and modern philosophy, but as a series of concrete philosophical experiments especially chosen for their dogmatic significance. Each of them represents a definite attempt to deal with philosophical knowledge according to a certain method, and all of them, taken together, make up a philosophical experience. The fact that all those experiments have yielded the same result will, as I hope, justify the common conclusion... that there is a centuries long experience of what philosophical knowledge is - and that such an experience exhibits a remarkable unity."

Thomism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 454
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.

Christianity and Philosophy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 134

Christianity and Philosophy

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1939
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Thomist Realism and the Critique of Knowledge
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 215

Thomist Realism and the Critique of Knowledge

The highly regarded French philosopher, tienne Gilson, brilliantly plumbs the depths of Thomistic Realism, and false Thomisms as well, in this answer to Kantian modernism. The important work, exquisitely translated by Mark Wauck, brings the essential elements of philosophy into view as a cohesive, readily understandable, and erudite structure, and does so rigorously in the best tradition of St. Thomas. Written as the definitive answer to those philosophers who sought to reconcile critical philosophy with scholastic realism, Gilson saw himself as an historian of philosophy whose main task was one of restoration, and principally the restoration of the wisdom of the Common Doctor of the Church,...

Christian Philosophy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 139
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...

The Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 388

The Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2003-06-01
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  • Publisher: Unknown

An authorized translation from "Le Thomisme" by Etienne Gilson. The revival of interest in the name and work of St. Thomas Aquinas is a fact which is bound to impress even the most superficial observer. Contents: man and his environment; faith and reason; alleged evidence for the existence of God; first proof of the existence of God; four other proofs of the existence of God; divine attributes; creation; angels; corporeal world and the efficacy of secondary causes; union of soul and body; powers of the soul; intellect and rational knowledge; knowledge and truth; appetite and will; human act; last end; spirit of Thomistic philosophy.

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."