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Scholasticism and Politics (Essay index reprint series)

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ISBN-13: 978-0836928051
ISBN-10: 0836928059
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Text: English, French (translation)


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  • Series: Essay index reprint series
  • Hardcover: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Ayer Co Pub (June 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836928059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836928051
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,231,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James E. Egolf VINE VOICE on May 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The late Thomist philosopher Jacques Martitain (1882-1973)was a neo-Scholastic thinker who converted to Catholicism in 1906. His book titled SCHOLASTCISISM AND POLITICS was published in 1940 just after W.W. II started and before this war became a global tragedy. Maritain offered possible solutions to the tragic events in 1940, but he accurately predicted the future of Europe would get worse before it ever improved.

Martian analyzed the rise of Italian Fascism, German National Socialism, the Soviet Worker's "Paradise." Maritain knew that totalitarianims was "the order of the day," but he accurately predicted that totalitarianism under whatever political label would not last in spite of the prevailing view to the contrary. He also made interesting observations and criticisms of Logical Positivism and what Maritain called the philosophy of Fruedianism.

Maritain argued that the police state apparatus under totaltitarianism was "unnatural." He considered the ideas of German National Socialism regarding the "Volk" would lead to what he called a "biological inferno." Maritian was critical of the Soviet system and the ideology of Marsixm and Big Communism. Maritain stated that excessive concern of materialism would lead to a political and social system that was oppressive and lethal to those who were ruled in such a system. Material equality meant that no one was happy.

Maritain made an interesting disctinction between authority and power. Maritian stated that authority came from wisdom, knowledge, character, an honorable moral code, etc. Those who held such authoritiy and should have power if only because they could exercise politcal power wisely and justly.
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