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Posted November 20, 2014

Book: Being in the World: A quotable Maritain Reader
Edited by Mario O. D'Souza, with Jonathan R. Seiling
The University of Notre Dame Press. Notre Dame, IN. 2014. Pp. 314

An Excerpt from the Introduction:

I have long admired the lyrical beauty of Maritain's writings; many passages have moved me deeply and have led me to prayer. Many are included among the quotations in this reader. The length of the selected quotations varies greatly: some are a single line, others run into paragraphs. In all of them, however, there is a distinctly sand-alone quality, which is remarkable, given the sophistication and the complexity of Maritain's thought.

This reader is not an introduction to Maritain's thought. The quotations stand independently of each other. Some require no special knowledge of philosophy or the history of philosophy, but others fit within a wider philosophical context.

An Excerpt from the Book:

The aim of political society, as of all human society, implies a certain work to be done in common. Here is one property bound up with the rational and human character of society in its true sense: this work to be done is the objective reason for association and for consent (implicit or explicit) to the common life. Men assemble for a reason, for an object, for a task to be done.

In the bourgeois-individualist type of society there is no common work to do, nor is there any form of communion. Each one asks only that the State protect his individual freedom of profit against the possible encroachments of other men's freedoms.

Man is a political animal because he is a reasonable animal, because his reason seeks to develop with the help of education, through the teaching and the co-operation of other men, and because society is thus required to accomplish human dignity.

Table of Contents:

1. Aristotle
2. Art and the artist
3. Being
4. The Christian life
5. Christian philosophy
6. The Church
7. Culture and civilization
8. Democracy and democratic society
9. Descartes and Cartesian philosophy
10. Philosophy of education
11. Evil
12. Ethics
13. Faith
14. Freedom
15. God
16. History
17. Humanism
18. Intellect and intelligence
19. Knowing and knowledge
20. Man
21. Marx and Marxism
22. Metaphysics and metaphysicians
23. Moral philosophy
24. Mystery and mysticism
25. Natural law and human rights
26. The person
27. The person and individual
28. Personality
29. Philosophers
30. Philosophy
31. Poetry and the poet
32. Politics, society and the state
33. Prayer and contemplation
34. Reason and reasoning
35. Science
36. Theology and the theologian
37. St. Thomas and Thomism
38. Truth
39. Varia
40. Wisdom