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Twentieth-century French Catholic thinker Jacques Maritain is arguably essentially the most major modern disciples of St. Thomas Aquinas. Maritain's philosophy is rooted in and logically in step with the idea of his mentor, but his philosophy is profoundly unique. Taken jointly, his entire metaphysical rules, his philosophy of human nature, and his insights on artwork and creativity mix to create a whole clarification of his aesthetics.

Poetry, attractiveness, and Contemplation offers a uncomplicated advent to, and an in depth exam of, Maritain's philosophy of paintings and sweetness. The publication starts off with a short biographical caricature of Maritain's early years, together with the early affects on his philosophy (Henri Bergson and Thomas Aquinas between them). the writer explores key phrases and concepts relevant to Maritain's aesthetics -- instinct, connaturality, Poetry, and wonder -- and strains their historic improvement. The booklet integrates the inherent courting among Maritain's distinctive realizing of "Poetry," his aesthetic and metaphysical principles approximately good looks, and his clarification of the excellence among normal and supernatural contemplation, leading to an entire exposition of Maritain's aesthetics.


John G. Trapani Jr. is professor of philosophy at Walsh collage. in the course of his 36 years on the college, he has served as chair of the Philosophy division and arts department and is the founder and director of the university's annual Philosophy-Theology Symposium, now in its thirty fifth yr. the present president of the yank Maritain organization, John has written largely on Maritain's philosophy and is editor of Truth issues.


"A completely attractive and in depth examine of Maritain's philosophy of paintings, art, good looks, and contemplation. This paintings does justice to Maritain's intensity as a thinker. His rigor, erudition, and persuasiveness shine all through John Trapani's exposition. The reader senses on each web page that Trapani is a grasp of the topic, a certain advisor to clean insights and reflections on Maritain."--Curtis L. Hancock, Professor of Philosophy, Rockhurst college

"Could it's that the area may be kept by means of attractiveness? Dostoevsky claimed as a lot. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn concept so, too. yet what's a Thomist to imagine? John Trapani, in his welcome research of Jacques Maritain's aesthetics, is helping us come to phrases with Dostoevsky's query. Trapani exhibits that we will be able to purely make headway once we see that the primary analogate of aesthetic good looks, proportioned in such a lot of artistic modes to our adventure, is the transcendental good looks that's the face of God."--James G. Hanink, Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University

"In seek of a language for the adventure of attractiveness, poets, painters, and students proceed to show to the writings of Jacques Maritain. these seekers now have a convinced consultant. Trapani's research of Maritain's aesthetics is apparent, cogent, and accomplished. we're in his debt."--Thomas Hibbs, Honors university Dean and exceptional Professor of Ethics and tradition, Baylor University

"John Trapani has struck gold. . . . an in depth remedy of Maritain's aesthetics has lengthy been invaluable. . . . Trapani demonstrates that Maritain's imaginative and prescient, in spite of the fact that elusive, should be mapped. certainly, Trapani presents an complicated and worthy chart that outlines the adjustments and continuities in Maritain's technical vocabulary all through his wide-ranging occupation. . . . [T]he specific power and value of Poetry, good looks, and Contemplation rests in Trapani's skill to teach how Maritain's aesthetics have value past strictly philosophical or theological domain names. Poets and artists, literary and artwork historians, and fans of poetry and artwork will locate in Trapani's examine of Maritain a satisfyingly spacious and transparent yet non-reductive acco

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