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 complete metaphysical ideas, his philosophy of human nature, and his insights on paintings and creativity mix to create a whole rationalization of his aesthetics.
Poetry, attractiveness, and Contemplation offers a easy advent to, and an in depth exam of, Maritain's philosophy of paintings and wonder. The ebook 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 words and concepts important to Maritain's aesthetics -- instinct, connaturality, Poetry, and sweetness -- and strains their old improvement. The publication integrates the inherent dating among Maritain's precise knowing of "Poetry," his aesthetic and metaphysical rules approximately good looks, and his clarification of the excellence among ordinary and supernatural contemplation, leading to a whole exposition of Maritain's aesthetics.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 widely on Maritain's philosophy and is editor of Truth issues.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:
"A completely attractive and in depth learn of Maritain's philosophy of paintings, paintings, attractiveness, 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 convinced advisor to clean insights and reflections on Maritain."--Curtis L. Hancock, Professor of Philosophy, Rockhurst college
"Could it's that the area should be stored through good looks? Dostoevsky claimed as a lot. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn concept so, too. yet what's a Thomist to imagine? John Trapani, in his welcome examine of Jacques Maritain's aesthetics, is helping us come to phrases with Dostoevsky's query. Trapani exhibits that we will be able to in basic terms make headway after we see that the primary analogate of aesthetic attractiveness, proportioned in such a lot of inventive modes to our event, 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 good looks, poets, painters, and students proceed to show to the writings of Jacques Maritain. these seekers now have a yes advisor. Trapani's research of Maritain's aesthetics is apparent, cogent, and accomplished. we're in his debt."--Thomas Hibbs, Honors university Dean and extraordinary Professor of Ethics and tradition, Baylor University
"John Trapani has struck gold. . . . an in depth remedy of Maritain's aesthetics has lengthy been worthwhile. . . . Trapani demonstrates that Maritain's imaginative and prescient, although elusive, may be mapped. certainly, Trapani presents an complex and valuable chart that outlines the alterations and continuities in Maritain's technical vocabulary all through his wide-ranging profession. . . . [T]he specific energy and significance of Poetry, good looks, and Contemplation rests in Trapani's skill to teach how Maritain's aesthetics have importance past strictly philosophical or theological domain names. Poets and artists, literary and paintings historians, and fans of poetry and paintings will locate in Trapani's learn of Maritain a satisfyingly spacious and transparent yet non-reductive acco