By Jacques Maritain

THIS booklet of seventeen chapters comprises ten from Raison et Raisons, released in Paris by way of the Librairie Universelle de France, and a few extra essays now not inside the French version. i am hoping it has therefore been attainable to achieve a extra passable measure of team spirit. I hesitated to insert the fast essay which constitutes bankruptcy XII since it is barely a primary draft of a few extra thoroughly built pages in my ebook guy and the kingdom. i've got however stored it, for it sort of feels to me to symbolize a logical step within the improvement of the perspectives that I convey within the moment a part of the current meditation at the diversity of Reason.

Some of the essays accrued jointly the following have been written in English, others in French. i'm indebted to Mrs. Pierre Brodin who helped me in revising a few of the former and in translating the various latter. I desire to show my thank you for her cooperation and support.

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The validity of which is necessarily presupposed. We can appreciate fully the strength of the Scholastic demonstration only if we realize the significance and full validity of the metaphysical notions involved. If modern times feel at a loss in the face of metaphysical knowledge, I fancy that it is not metaphysical knowledge which is to blame, but rather modern times and the weakening of reason they have experienced. It is not surpising, on the other hand, that the philosophical demonstration I have just summarized is an abstract and a difficult one.

Would such a way of thinking have a meaning from the Pragmatist point of view? That is another question. is to Pragmatism and Thomism I have tried to stress the difficulties a Thomist may find in any effort, however fine its inspiration, toward a conciliation with Pragmatism based on a kind of mutual adjustment and exchange of ideas. I am not qualified to represent the Pragmatist outlook. I am, however, inclined to surmise that a Pragmatist would probably have similar difficulties to point out from his own perspective.

Doubtless it depends upon the body, upon the conditions of the brain. Its activity can be disturbed or hindered by a physical disorder, by an outburst of anger, by a drink or a narcotic. But this dependence is an extrinsic one. It exists because our intelligence cannot act without the joint activity of the memory and the imagination, of the internal senses and external senses, all of which are organic powers residing in some material organ, in some special part of the body. As for the intellect itself, it is not intrinsically dependent upon the body since its activity is immaterial; the human intellect does not reside in any special part of the body.

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